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Submission + - Facebook videos to autoplay with sound (bbc.com)

tripleevenfall writes: Videos have autoplayed on Facebook’s News Feed for some time, leading to a curious rise of “silent movies” as publishers adapted to knowing that the majority of viewers would be watching, but not listening, to their work.

But between now and the end of the year Facebook’s News Feed will be enabling sound on your News Feed by default, a move the company has been testing out on a limited number of users for a short while.

The firm said it had received “positive feedback” so far.

"With this update, sound fades in and out as you scroll through videos in News Feed, bringing those videos to life,” the company explained in a blog post on Tuesday.

Submission + - WSU Submits $100 Receipt as Evidence of "Concrete Harm" From Trump Order

theodp writes: As Trump's Executive Order on immigration awaits a vote on en banc rehearing, the Washington State Office of the Attorney General has notified the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that it has filed two additional declarations "concerning concrete harm to Washington’s universities". In his affidavit, Asif Chaudhry, VP for International Programs at Washington State University begins, "One student in WSU’s College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, who is from Iran, was registered for an academic conference in Canada scheduled to take place February 5 — 8, 2017. His WSU department paid for the conference. The receipt, made out to his department chair, is attached as Exhibit A. The department also planned to cover his travel expenses. Due to the executive order, the student was unable to attend the conference." Per Exhibit A, the dollar amount of the loss to WSU was a whopping $100. Chaudhry adds that WSU will also be harmed if it has to forego an incremental $15K or so in tuition and fees from international students over that ponied up by WA residents. Boosting the ranks of international students, WSU explains, "is an essential step in the Drive to 25, the university’s commitment to achieving recognition as one of the nation’s top 25 public research universities by 2030" (WSU President Kirk Schulz suggested the initiative will also make WSU grads more attractive to Microsoft).

Comment Re:Doomed (Score 1) 338

I fail to see why a bakery has to bake a cake for a homosexual wedding while a venue is allowed to refuse to host it. Since they're both private companies, and therefore not subject to respect potential clients' rights (by your own argument), then what's the distinction?

Let's be honest here. You're just trying to come up with some sort of twisted logic to explain away the inconsistency of SJW's raising hell over bakers refusing to bake cakes for gay weddings but being perfectly cool with social media companies banning conservative voices. You want private companies to have to respect the rights of people who you agree with, but not have to respect the rights of those who you don't agree with.

And that's one of the real distinctions between an "SJW" and a classic liberal to me. The classical liberal wants freedom of speech for all and realizes that if all aren't protected then none will ever be safe. The SJW only wants freedom of speech for those whom he agrees with, and fails to see how this practice could easily be turned against him and his causes in the future.

Think about it this way. Right now Twitter, Facebook, et. al. are owned by liberals in ultra-liberal Silicon Valley. But what if tomorrow they were bought out by wealthy conservatives and relocated to Dallas? Would you be comfortable with *them* wielding the ban-hammer you just gave them? Don't think it couldn't happen, either. Things like that can turn on a dime.

Comment Re:Doomed (Score 4, Insightful) 338

Twitter wants to have it both ways: it wants to have a big room where they can put in all the liberals and conservatives, all the Islamists and Zionists, and have them talk about whatever is happening in their world... and then it wants them all to get along. It doesn't work that way.

If Twitter's actions of late are any indication, it would be more accurate to say that it wants to put everyone in a big room where only the SJW/liberal voices are allowed to talk and everyone else sits quietly out of fear of being banned like Milo.

There is no such thing as one-way freedom of speech. If you're telling someone else that their speech is hate speech and therefore not allowed, you're ultimately hurting your own freedom just as much as theirs. As Robespierre could warn you, the rules and laws you make to oppress others today will be turned against you tomorrow.

Submission + - Virtual Reality Kills 22,000 Arcades In China (allyoucanarcade.com)

All You Can Arcade writes: VR is looking less like a boom and more like a bust in Asia. Over the last 12 months, it's estimated that there have been 35,000 VR arcades that have opened up in China. A year later 22,000 of them have already closed. As arcade operators are taking on debt to invest in the latest fad, it appears that it's turning around and killing their businesses. The problem . . . people simply aren't willing to pay cinema and bowling alley prices, to play in public. With the VR industry pushing the hard sale on North American operators right now, we could see even more arcades closing down, if operators can't recoup their investments.

Comment Re:Podcasts (Score 1) 268

TWiT is great. Leo is still the man. I would also add some other personal favs:

Cord-Killers (formerly Cord Cutters on the TWiT network)
TekThing (from another former TWiT/TechTV alum Patrick Norton)
Anything from Kinda Funny Games (Colin isn't ALWAYS right, though)
Elder Scrolls Off the Record (a must-watch for fans of the Elder Scrolls games)

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