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Exclusive photos of the room where that disturbing video puzzle was created. Following our previous reports on the creepy video puzzle that is driving Internet sleuths mad, the Daily Dot has obtained some exclusive photographs of the room now confirmed to be the location where the video was shot. The video, which depicts a hooded figured in a plague-era doctor’s mask, is filled with puzzles. Decoding the contents has revealed satanic dialogue along with threats, including an anagram of “KILL THE PRESIDENT.” Being 15 Is Tough No Matter Where You Live: #15Girls : Goats and Soda. This month, NPR is shining a spotlight on 15-year-old girls — and we've invited our audience members to share their own stories about being 15. This story is part of our #15Girls series, profiling teens around the world. Read the stories here. The girls in our #15Girls series face big challenges and have big dreams. We've met girls so intimidated by the gang violence in El Salvador that they're afraid to leave home — and one girl who became a paramedic to help victims.

Her best friend disappeared on the streets of San Salvador. Itoggle caption Encarni Pindado for NPR Her best friend disappeared on the streets of San Salvador. Encarni Pindado for NPR We saw how a girl in Zambia learned Harvard business school negotiation skills to persuade her relatives to lend her money so she could stay in school. We've met girls in Nepal who have to sleep in a shed outside the house if they have their period — and one 15-year-old who's determined to quash that custom. Self-Esteem: To Your Own Self Be True. How Friendships Change Over Time. In the hierarchy of relationships, friendships are at the bottom. Romantic partners, parents, children—all these come first. This is true in life, and in science, where relationship research tends to focus on couples and families.

When Emily Langan, an associate professor of communication at Wheaton College goes to conferences for the International Association of Relationship Researchers, she says, “friendship is the smallest cluster there. Sometimes it’s a panel, if that.” Friendships are unique relationships because unlike family relationships, we choose to enter into them. Still, survey upon survey upon survey shows how important people’s friends are to their happiness. The voluntary nature of friendship makes it subject to life’s whims in a way more formal relationships aren’t. Throughout life, from grade school to the retirement home, friendship continues to confer health benefits, both mental and physical. The saga of adult friendship starts off well enough. “Chicago.” Related Video. Number of London's 'working poor' surges 70% in 10 years | Society. More than a million Londoners who are defined as living in poverty are members of households in which at least one adult has a job, according to a new analysis.

The figures include 450,000 children who live in such households, and research estimates that cuts in working tax credits to families next April could make 640,000 children worse off. The analysis is contained in the fifth London Poverty Profile, which is compiled by the New Policy Institute thinktank for the charity Trust for London. It indicates that the total number of Londoners in poverty now stands at 2.25 million.

Of these, slightly more than half – 1.2 million – qualify as “in-work poor”, representing an increase of 70% in the past 10 years. The study found that, although the numbers of unemployed adults and the proportion of people in workless households has fallen in the capital, the city’s overall poverty rate is 27%, much as it has been for the past decade. The rate for the rest of England is 20%. Camerawoman Who Was Fired For Kicking Migrants To Sue Facebook. This video grab made on early September shows a Hungarian TV camerawoman kicking a child as she runs with other migrants from a police line during disturbances at Röszke, southern Hungary.

AFP/Getty Images hide caption itoggle caption AFP/Getty Images This video grab made on early September shows a Hungarian TV camerawoman kicking a child as she runs with other migrants from a police line during disturbances at Röszke, southern Hungary. AFP/Getty Images The camerawoman who drew international ire after viral videos of her kicking and tripping migrants crossing into Hungary from Serbia last month, says she plans to sue Facebook and one of the refugees she kicked.

Petra Laszlo, formerly of Hungarian Internet-based channel N1TV, told a Russian newspaper of her plans to sue Facebook for allegedly failing to take down threatening and negative pages on the social media site, according to an online translation of the Izvestia report. Abhilash Gollapalle's answer to What are the most interesting facts about giraffes? Gifs. I'm Alan, and I created Imgur. AMA! : IAmA. Looks like I'm Bill Murray, AMA Round 2! : IAmA. Tesla Drivers Test Autopilot Features and the Results are Scary. Tesla’s Autopilot feature is meant to assist drivers, not take over the driving completely. Enthusiastic Tesla owners cheered last Wednesday when the company enabled the use of an automated driving system, called Autopilot, in its Model S all-electric sedans. The wireless update of vehicles to Version 7.0 of Tesla software—which allows properly equipped cars to steer, switch lanes, and manage speed on its own—is exactly the kind of bold move that makes many Tesla fans so excited about the company.

In fact, a number of Tesla drivers immediately took to the road to test the limits of Autopilot—taking their hands fully off the wheel and seeing how far the car could drive itself down highways, country lanes, and suburban streets. That led to dangerous situations and near accidents, as evidenced by videos made by drivers (while driving) and posted to YouTube. But not all drivers are getting a clear message. He contrasted Tesla’s approach with Google’s autonomous vehicle program. 9 bad programming habits we secretly love. We've all done it: snagged a cookie when mom wasn't looking, gone around Deadman's Curve a bit too fast.

We've even let the car sit in a parking spot after the meter expires. Yes, we've all violated any number of the cardinal rules of programming, the ones that everyone agrees are bad. And we secretly liked it. We've thumbed our nose at the rules of good programming, typed out code that is totally bad -- and we've lived. There were no lightning bolts from the programming gods. Our desktops didn’t explode. That’s because bad programming isn't in the same league as, say, licking an electric fence or pulling the tail of a tiger. To make matters more complex, sometimes it's better to break the rules. What follows is a list of nine rules that some may consider unimpeachable, but many of us break often, with both success and pleasure. Programming habit No. 1: Using goto The prohibition on using goto dates to the era before many of the tools of structured programming even existed. Turkey shoots down unidentified drone near Syrian border.

A Turkish jet has shot down a drone that entered its airspace from Syria, sharply raising the stakes along its volatile southern border where Russian jets are continuing to bomb Ankara’s allies in the anti-Assad opposition. The drone was a similar size and shape to small surveillance craft used by Russia, and military sources in Beirut and the Turkish capital said it is likely that it belonged to the Russian military. But Moscow said all its jets and drones had returned safely to base. Turkey had warned Moscow, after several incursions by fighter jets earlier this month, that it would not tolerate further entries into its airspace. Turkish officials appeared anxious, however, to avoid an escalation on Friday, emphasising that the aircraft was unmanned and refusing to publicly apportion blame.

The Russian moves in particular have galvanised regime forces. “The situation is really bad right now,” said Ala’a Hamadi, a political officer from Division 1, an Aleppo-based rebel unit. The Secret History of American Surveillance. From cellphone spying to facial scanning technology to massive data farms, it’s no secret that the U.S. government is gathering loads of personal information on its citizens. But few remember the origins of our modern surveillance state. Some argue that it was forged over 115 years ago, half a world away in the Philippine Islands. The story begins in the mid-1870s, when a technological renaissance catapulted America into its first information revolution. Thomas Edison’s quadruplex telegraph and Philo Remington’s typewriter allowed data to be recorded accurately and transmitted quickly. Inventions such as the electrical tabulating machine and the Dewey Decimal System could count, catalog and retrieve huge amounts of information efficiently.

Photography was becoming widely accessible, thanks to George Eastman’s roll film, and biometric criminal identification systems such as fingerprinting were adopted from Europe. Director and Producer: Ariane Wu Music courtesy of Audio Network: Out of the Darkness — Accountability for Torture. In late March 2002, a joint CIA-Pakistani operation led to the capture of Abu Zubaydah, a Palestinian national born in Saudi Arabia, who, at the time, the CIA thought to be a senior-level al-Qaida operative who possessed detailed knowledge of the organization’s plans. (This assessment “significantly overstated” his role and the information he possessed according to the Senate report.) Mitchell and Jessen now had an opportunity to turn their torture theories into practice. After the CIA rendered Abu Zubaydah to a black site in Thailand, the two psychologists personally conducted and evaluated his interrogation.

As the CIA’s first captive, they considered him a guinea pig for their experiment and would come to trumpet his torture as an unmitigated “success” and a “template” for the program’s future implementation. With Abu Zubaydah’s capture, the debate within the CIA and the Bush administration about the prohibition on torture intensified. Meet the Library of Babel: Every Possible Combination of Letters That has Been (or could be) Written. Library of Babel. Jorge Luis Borges Imagine a library whose books contain every possible combination of letters and numbers. When you really think about it, the implications are staggering. Assuming that you really have every possible combination, that means that you will have every poem ever written and every poem that will ever be written. With this, you could unravel the universe and uncover the greatest works of art. In short, it would contain an accurate account of your death. Of course, in order to make this library, you would need a nearly infinite supply of paper, ink, and time.

Basile was inspired to create a truly comprehensive library by Jorge Luis Borges’ text “The Library of Babel” (“La Biblioteca de Babel”). And if we are literally talking about every possible arrangement of letters (we are), then the library would also contain pages and pages of utter nonsense. However, if you were to sort through all the inane ramblings, eventually you would uncover, well, everything. What will yesterday’s news look like tomorrow? To understand how the news industry has transformed in the past decade and a half, it helps to consider our evolving perceptions of the relationship between news and time.

Think of it this way: When’s the last time you saw an A1 above-the-fold headline in print that actually revealed something you hadn’t already heard or seen online? Contemplate the eternity that passes in the 20 minutes between email news alerts from competing media outlets. Even the term “24-hour news cycle” feels obsolete. What do our changing ideas about the relationship between news and time mean for yesterday’s news—including the really old pre-internet stuff, more recent stories published two site-redesigns ago, and the articles that went live this morning? And how should newsrooms think about archived material given our expectations about access to information in a networked world? It all begins with categorization. Context is everything Comparing Apple and apples You really have to explore TimesMachine for yourself.

The last 30 years of global economic history are about to go out the window. From outside, the Butcherei Lindinger looked like any of the other kink shops in Schöneberg, Berlin’s historic gay district. One mannequin in the window was accessorized with a ball gag; another wore what appeared to be a leather diving mask of sorts, connected to a metal leash. Inside, the store was brightly lit, its walls lined with leather jackets, vests, pants, and harnesses.

Shiny steel sex toys shone on a shelf. A glass case held items I couldn’t quite identify, but which looked medical in nature. I had spent the previous few days covering Berlin Fashion Week, and had seen some impressive shows, to be sure. I had arrived at a special kind of haute couture hotbed: a fantasy factory where artisans craft peoples’ deepest desires into clothing. I lowered myself onto a leather couch just inside the door with Marc Lindinger, the Butcherei’s founder and designer, and his business partner, Oliver Eiermann. My questions for the designer momentarily dissolved. The power of fetish fashion. Why Your Morning Routine Isn't Working, and How to Fix it. 6 questions about socialism you were too embarrassed to ask. A specter is haunting the 2016 Democratic Party primary. The specter of socialism. Bernie Sanders's presidential bid is forcing Americans to reckon with an ideology that has profoundly shaped the politics of just about every other developed country, and has shaped America more than we might like to admit.

Tuesday night, Sanders's defense of the socialist label at the first Democratic debate got viewers frantically searching Merriam-Webster to find out what, precisely, "socialism" is. According to Sanders, socialism — or "democratic socialism," his preferred formulation — is basically mainstream Democratic Party liberalism but more so. It entails single-payer health care, not Obamacare. It entails tuition-free college, not subsidized loans. It entails government jobs to deal with our unemployment problem, not stimulus through tax breaks. But Sanders isn't wrong. 1) Is Bernie Sanders a socialist?

Steve Liss/the LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images ullstein bild via Getty Images. Uk.businessinsider. The Assassination Complex. DRONES ARE A TOOL, not a policy. The policy is assassination. While every president since Gerald Ford has upheld an executive order banning assassinations by U.S. personnel, Congress has avoided legislating the issue or even defining the word “assassination.” This has allowed proponents of the drone wars to rebrand assassinations with more palatable characterizations, such as the term du jour, “targeted killings.” When the Obama administration has discussed drone strikes publicly, it has offered assurances that such operations are a more precise alternative to boots on the ground and are authorized only when an “imminent” threat is present and there is “near certainty” that the intended target will be eliminated. Those terms, however, appear to have been bluntly redefined to bear almost no resemblance to their commonly understood meanings.

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'Zeno effect' verified—atoms won't move while you watch. We’ve finally agreed: Techpocalypse is coming. Two questions remain: When and who? Solid life advice. We are the Wolfram|Alpha team. Ask us Anything! : IAmA. Health threat of sugar is vastly underestimated, study claims | Society. Bubble freezing instantly in the Calgary winter. j4Ndj3C. Banned 'Throw Your Phone' Game Knows if You're Cheating. The yearslong quest to make the ‘Star Trek’ tricorder a reality. Turkey election: Erdoğan and AKP return to power with outright majority.

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