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Data Analyst Reveals the Secret to Highly Successful Reddit Comments

Crunching the numbers on the millions upon millions of Reddit comments just to crack the code on upvotes would be difficult work. Thankfully, two software engineers, a Google big data project, and some careful analysis have already done the heavy lifting, revealing the simple trick to getting the top comment in most threads: get there first. Read More >>

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Inmates Stash Two Homebrew Computers in Ohio Prison’s Ceiling, Used Them to Do More Crimes

Adam Johnston and Scott Spriggs may well go down as Ohio’s cleverest inmates. Read More >>

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Take a Weirdly Hypnotising Tour of America’s Dying Malls

The eerie quality of man-made structures that have become completely abandoned exists outside of Fukushima Daiichi’s exclusion zone, where convenience stores and homes have stood utterly still since a reactor meltdown made the area uninhabitable in 2011. The same sort of disuse is probably somewhere in your nearest suburb. Read More >>

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Discord Has a Child Porn Problem

In February, Gizmodo reported that many Discord users were facing abuse and were given no clear recourse. Among the issues endemic to the voice- and text-chat platform was the anonymous and unsolicited dissemination of child pornography, a problem which seems to have only gotten worse. Read More >>

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The Most NSFW Site to Stream Every Star Wars Movie Is Pornhub

As far as accidental comedy goes, few things beat watching a PG-rated Disney film on a site with the ads for penis enlargement guides and “Tinder for MILFs.” And while I didn’t specifically seek out Pornhub or 2014's animated adventure Big Hero 6 today, both came into view thanks to the Reddit community r/FullMoviesOnPornhub. Read More >>

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Pizzagate Shooter Pleads Guilty as Online Conspiracy Theory Winds Down

Last December, Edgar Maddison Welch—a 28-year-old who claims he had only recently installed an internet connection in his North Carolina home—crossed state lines with several firearms. After arriving at a Washington DC pizzeria to “self-investigate” a conspiracy theory that the restaurant was involved in a child sex trafficking ring, he fired a rifle inside and was soon apprehended by police. Read More >>

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It Sure Looks Like That Viral ‘Trump Cat’ Site Is a Massive Troll

Trump is, to put it mildly, oversensitive. From the bully pulpit of Twitter he lays into the source of any perceived insult, be it a union leader, Saturday Night Live, or a teenage girl. Similarly, his organisations are known for their willingness to threaten legal action. In concert, that’s what made a story about a teenage girl targeted by Trump’s lawyers for her viral cat site so believable. But the facts don’t add up. Read More >>

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Coded 4chan Post Hinted at Westminster Attack a Day in Advance

Details are still emerging about an attack carried out today outside the Houses of Parliament. As officials try to determine the identity of a suspect who was shot by police, a 4chan thread from less than 24 hours earlier appears to announce the location of the attack that has claimed three lives so far. Read More >>

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LinkedIn Picks a Losing Fight With Fake News

Propagandists ramming verifiably false information into the eyeballs of credulous internet users—now dubbed “fake news”—is one of the most daunting, complicated issues facing social platforms today. Even the richest, most powerful tech companies with the brightest talent pools have yet to deploy anything resembling a solution. The great equaliser of the internet age is everyone’s ability to broadcast their thoughts, but is it even possible to keep out those who would intentionally mislead? Read More >>

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Reddit Is Now a Social Network For Exactly Three People

Since its creation, Reddit has always been a network of communities. The individual users carry far less weight than the health of the subreddits they contribute to. Starting today, Reddit is debuting a feature that might turn that decade-long ethos on its head. Read More >>

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The Grassroots Campaign to Make Reddit Less Toxic

As a company, Reddit has shown itself to be either ambivalent or complicit in abuse on the site, but users are fed up. Two new but rapidly-growing subreddits—r/esist and r/fuckthealtright—want to do something about it, and they’ve already claimed credit for getting hate speech community r/altright banned for harassment. Yesterday, they set their sights on one of the Reddit’s worst offenders. Read More >>

gaming
Zelda Fanatic Controls His Damn House With an Ocarina

OK, you think you like the Legend of Zelda? You don’t. Not compared to this guy. His entire goddamn house is ocarina-operated now, and if he forgets to bring a plastic toy instrument with him he’s probably locked out. So suck on that, I guess. Read More >>

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Google Home Now Includes Unsolicited Ads From Your Friends at Walt Disney Pictures

Google Home might not be the most popular voice assistant to offer convenient information in exchange for reams of personal data, but it appears to be the first to serve ads directly into users’ living rooms. Read More >>

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Zelda Data Miners Mapped Out the Hundreds of Items and Locations in Breath of the Wild

“I’m getting stressed,” I told my coworker Alex Cranz after a week with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, “because I might never run out of shit to do in this game.” The Switch launch title’s map is huge, with shrines and monsters and side-quests in every direction. Areas that look out-of-bounds turn out to be ancient mazes or survivalist island challenges. For a casual gamer like myself, it’s daunting at times—which is where a guide comes in handy. Read More >>

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PewDiePie Is Still Doing His Dumb Nazi Shtick 

Last month Felix Kjellberg — better known to his 54 million subscribers as PewDiePie — was dropped by his Disney-backed representation at Maker Studios and had his premium YouTube RED series due to his use of off-colour Nazi humour and imagery which many white supremacists interpreted as a dogwhistle. Since then, he’s learned nothing. Read More >>