I made a satirical social game called Cow Clicker. Players clicked a cute cow, which mooed and scored a “click.” Six hours later, they could do so again. They could also invite friends’ cows to their pasture, buy virtual cows with real money, compete for status, click to send a real cow to the developing world from Oxfam, outsource clicks to their toddlers with a mobile app, and much more. It became strangely popular, until eventually, I shut the whole thing down in a bovine rapture—the “cowpocalypse.” It’s kind of a complicated story.
But one worth revisiting today, in the context of the scandal over Facebook’s sanctioning of user-data exfiltration via its application platform. It’s not just that abusing the Facebook platform for deliberately nefarious ends was easy to do (it was). But worse, in those days, it was hard to avoid extracting private data, for years even, without even trying. I did it with a silly cow game.
The French gendarme who was shot after he swapped places with several people being held by a terrorist gunman has died.
The interior minister, Gérard Collomb, announced the death of Lt ColArnaud Beltrame shortly before 6am (French time) on Saturday.
“We will never forget his heroism, his bravery, his sacrifice. With a heavy heart, I send the support of the entire country to his family, friends and colleagues of the gendarmerie of the Aude,” Collomb tweeted.
Remington, which has been around since 1816, makes the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle, the gun used in the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in Connecticut in 2012 that killed 20 first-graders and six educators. The AR-15 is the gun used to kill 17 people at a Parkland, Fla., high school on Valentine’s Day. The AR-15 was developed as a weapon of war to kill as many people as quickly as possible. It’s the reason it’s the choice of many mass-shooters.
The Ministry for Primary Industries, the body tasked with protecting New Zealand’s biosecurity, said in February it had introduced new measure to reduce the risk of brown marmorated stink bugs from arriving in machinery and vehicles from Japan.
All vehicles will now have to undergo inspection before leaving Japan.
“The move is the result of an unprecedented spike in the number of stink bugs arriving at the border from Japan in bulk carriers,” MPI said, adding that three bulk carriers were directed to leave New Zealand “due to excessive contamination”.
The club is garnering attention this week as host of the 2018 Canadian Biathlon Championships, but Les Aventuriers aren’t new to the national spotlight. The club has been hosting provincial, regional and national competitions for decades.
The unassuming community has slowly and steadily built the course from scratch for more than 40 years into a renowned facility with millions worth of infrastructure, and its origins are as modest as they come.
“It was a group of people there who just wanted to cross-country ski,” Levesque said. “And that’s how it started.”
A self-taught rocket enthusiast, who believes the Earth is flat, has launched himself about 570 metres (1870 feet) into the air in his homemade rocket, before a hard landing that left him slightly bruised. Mad’ Mike Hughes hopes to prove that Earth is shaped “like a Frisbee.”
He contracted malaria, dodged bullets with government soldiers in a war zone and was jailed for several days near a small village because police didn’t believe him when he explained who he was.
Adventure traveller Mario Rigby also tested the limits of his physical and emotional stamina when he trekked 12,000 kilometres northward across eight African countries for two years, by foot and kayak. He started in late 2015 and finished in February, taking an eastern route from South Africa to Egypt.
Africa, he says is a place that has been depicted by the West only as dangerous, violent and beset by poverty.
There’s a “best of” list for nearly everything—the best countries for expats, the best places to go in 2018, the best pizza in Italy (you’re welcome). Now, U.S. News & World Report has released a veritable best-of-the-best list, with its annual “Best Countries” index. This study is no joke: They evaluated 80 countries and surveyed 21,000 people from four regions (the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East and Africa); places were graded 65 different ways, for how well they rank in “citizenship,” “cultural influence,” “education,” “heritage,” “power,” “quality of life,” to name a few. Here, the ten best countries in the world, and what they’re, well, best for. Counting down… This gallery was originally published in 2016. It has been updated with new results.
The Natchez Trace Parkway is a recreational road and scenic drive through three American states. It roughly follows the “Old Natchez Trace” a historic travel corridor used by American Indians, “Kaintucks,” European settlers, slave traders, soldiers, and future presidents. Today, people can enjoy not only a scenic drive but also hiking, biking, horseback riding, and camping along the parkway.
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