AMC to allow customers to text during films

"AMC chief executive Adam Aron said he wanted to encourage so-called millennials to visit the cinema. He told Variety magazine: 'You can't tell a 22-year-old to turn off their cellphone. That's not how they live their life.'"

Well, I'm out. Let's keep caving in to every entitled group out there so we can have a nation full of disrespectful crybabies.

"But he said he would have to find a solution that did not disturb other movie-goers."

Like what, back row only? Allowing phone use at all opens the gate to carelessly leaving the ring/text sound on. People will be focused on their phone, giggling, etc. How about you just don't go to a movie IF YOU DON'T WANT TO WATCH A MOVIE? [link]

Shakespeare's grave is missing his skull

Shakespeare's skull is likely missing from his grave, an archaeologist has concluded, confirming rumors which have swirled for years about grave-robbers and adding to the mystery surrounding the Bard's remains. Four hundred years after his death and burial at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Stratford-upon-Avon, central England, researchers were allowed to scan the grave of England's greatest playwright with ground-penetrating radar. But in the area under the church floor where the Bard's skull was expected to be, they found signs of interference. [link]

a.i. beats world Go champion

Over a decade ago I was commissioned to write a software key generator for a guy on the Internet. During our conversations he told me that the game of Go hadn't been solved by a computer yet. I was skeptical because Chess A.I. could beat world champions, and Go is just black and white dots on a grid, right?
 
Fast forward to today's headlines. Google's DeepMind AlphaGo program has beat world Go champion, Lee Se-dol, in game one of five.
From the article: "Go is a 3,000-year old Chinese board game and is considered to be a lot more complex than chess where artificial intelligence scored its most famous victory to date when IBM's Deep Blue beat grandmaster Gary Kasparov in 1997. But experts say Go presents an entirely different challenge because of the game's incomputable number of move options which means that the computer must be capable of human-like 'intuition' to prevail." [link]

sidecar racing photos

I don't think I've heard of sidecar racing before, but I just stumbled upon it today. I haven't read up on it, but it looks like you have a driver and a passenger who appears to be a key factor in the turns by leaning very far out of the vehicle, sometimes seeming to slide on the race track. Here are some [pics].

lack of transparency in the Clinton Foundation

Around 2007, the Clinton Foundation was criticized for a lack of transparency. People felt the names of donors should be disclosed because Hillary was running to be the Democratic presidential nominee.

A lengthy donors list was then released by the Foundation in December 2008, which included several politically sensitive donors, such as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Blackwater Worldwide.

Contributions from foreign donors who are prohibited by law from contributing to political candidates in the U.S. constitute a major portion of the foundation's income.

In March 2015, Reuters reported that the Clinton Foundation had broken its promise to publish all of its donors, as well as its promise to let the State Department review all of its donations from foreign governments. In April 2015, the New York Times reported that when Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State, the State Department had approved a deal to sell American uranium to Russians who had donated to the Clinton Foundation, and that Clinton had broken her promise to publicly identify such donations. About this news, the other media made a list of questionable items. In a May 2015 book regarding the Foundation, author Peter Schweizer wrote, "We see a pattern of financial transactions involving the Clintons that occurred contemporaneous with favorable U.S. policy decisions benefiting those providing the funds."

After her January 2009 appointment as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton proposed hiring long-time Clinton friend and confidant Sidney Blumenthal as an advisor, however, Obama's chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, blocked Blumenthal's appointment at the State Department. Blumenthal was subsequently hired by the Clinton Foundation, earning a Foundation salary of about $10,000 a month.

Bill Allison, a senior fellow at the Sunlight Foundation, in April 2014 said, "It seems like the Clinton Foundation operates as a slush fund for the Clintons." [link]

girl beats up bully at school

Bully boy posts things about a girl on Facebook. The girl confronts the bully at school. The bully throws water on the girl. The bully then learns the hard way that the girl takes MMA classes. [video link]

It's irresponsible for the teacher to tell other students to "Get that girl right now!" She can't involve other students and use them as her personal police force. If the story as written is true, then good on that girl for beating up a bully.

killing the record industry with a Raspberry Pi

"Peter Sunde, co-founder of The Pirate Bay, has built a machine that makes 100 copies per second of Gnarls Barkley's 'Crazy,' storing them in /dev/null (which is of course, deleting them even as they're created). The machine, called a 'Kopimashin,' is cobbled together out of a Raspberry Pi, some hacky python that he doesn't want to show anyone, and an LCD screen that calculates a running tally of the damages he's inflicted upon the record industry through its use. The 8,000,000 copies it makes every day costs the record industry $10m/day in losses. At that rate, they'll be bankrupt in a few weeks at most." [link]