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QuoteCelebrity psychic Cael O'Donnell has built an extraordinary audience on social media with claims he can channel spirits and forecast the future.
But his huge following has led to an issue hurting him and his fans.
Scammers have used Mr O'Donnell's identity to trick people out of money ranging from $70 to $1,000.
"I've counted 50 fake accounts across social media that are pretending to be me," Mr O'Donnell said.
"I've even got people pretending to be my talent manager and taking fees to book me to fake events."
So-called psychic fraud is on the rise in Australia, according to the Australian Competition and Consumer Watchdog.
Scamwatch has this year received 63 reports of clairvoyant scams totalling more than $260,000 – a 219 per cent increase on last year's losses...
QuoteBickering: When one or more posters in a thread stop responding substantively, and instead primarily make abusive or insulting comments. This often takes the form of an escalating, two-sided use of accusations, insults, derision, namecalling, sarcasm, mockery, and other forms of abusive language.
Spill-over: When a poster starts threads or interrupts other threads in order to further the bickering or abuse started elsewhere. This is an abuse of the forum when it creates sufficient "noise" to defeat bystanders' reasonable attempts to ignore the disruptive posters involved. This applies to posts and topics on this forum only. For example, if two users on this board engage in an abusive exchange on a different message board, and continue it here, only the posts on this forum apply to determinations of "spill-over". For our purposes, "spill-over" means abuse or bickering in a topic on this board that is continued in or distributed among other topics on this board.
QuoteEvent Horizon telescope captures image giving a glimpse of the turbulent heart of our galaxy
An image of the supermassive black hole at the heart of the Milky Way has been captured, giving the first direct glimpse of the "gentle giant" at the centre of our galaxy.
The black hole itself, known as Sagittarius A*, cannot be seen because no light or matter can escape its gravitational grip. But its shadow is traced out by a glowing, fuzzy ring of light and matter that is swirling on the precipice at close to the speed of light.
The image was captured by the Event Horizon telescope (EHT), a network of eight radio telescopes spanning locations from Antarctica to Spain and Chile, which produced the first image of a black hole in a galaxy called Messier 87 in 2019.
Prof Sera Markoff, an astrophysicist at the University of Amsterdam and co-chair of the EHT Science Council, said: "The Milky Way's black hole was our main target, it's our closest supermassive black hole and it's the reason we set out to do this thing in the first place. It's been a 100-year search for these things and so, scientifically, it's a huge deal."
QuoteNASA's Hubble Space Telescope has established an extraordinary new benchmark: detecting the light of a star that existed within the first billion years after the universe's birth in the big bang – the farthest individual star ever seen to date.
The find is a huge leap further back in time from the previous single-star record holder; detected by Hubble in 2018. That star existed when the universe was about 4 billion years old, or 30 percent of its current age, at a time that astronomers refer to as "redshift 1.5." Scientists use the word "redshift" because as the universe expands, light from distant objects is stretched or "shifted" to longer, redder wavelengths as it travels toward us.
The newly detected star is so far away that its light has taken 12.9 billion years to reach Earth, appearing to us as it did when the universe was only 7 percent of its current age, at redshift 6.2. The smallest objects previously seen at such a great distance are clusters of stars, embedded inside early galaxies.
QuoteSLS rocket, which stands taller than the Statue of Liberty, to move four miles in Florida journey expected to take about 11 hours
Nasa's next-generation moon rocket was due on Thursday to make a highly anticipated, slow-motion journey from an assembly plant to its launchpad in Florida for a final round of tests in the coming weeks that will determine how soon the spacecraft can fly.
Rollout of the towering space launch system (SLS) rocket with its Orion crew capsule perched on top marks a key milestone in US plans for renewed lunar exploration after years of setbacks, and the public's first glimpse of a space vehicle more than a decade in development.
The process of moving the 5.75-million-ton, 32-storey-tall SLS-Orion spacecraft out of its vehicle assembly building at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral was scheduled to begin at 5pm local time, weather permitting.
The megarocket – standing taller than the Statue of Liberty – will be slowly trundled to launchpad 39B on a giant crawler-transporter, a four-mile journey expected to take about 11 hours. The spectacle will be carried live on Nasa Television and the space agency's website.
Quote from: guest13271 on June 11, 2020, 06:07:57 PM
The search function is completely broken. It's because our database is so large; the indexing function is unable to process such large tables. I tried changing out the indexer, but I never was able to get it working. SMF 2.1's search functionality is much more robust, so it's just another one for those things that will be fixed when the software is finally updated. I promise, Belgarath and I are working on it.
QuoteMost of us are healthier, wealthier and better educated than ever before.
We have greater access to knowledge and expertise than any previous generation.
Yet, people keep doing stupid things — from rejecting the science of climate change to embracing the idea that vaccinations are part of a giant global conspiracy to take control of our minds using micro-implants and 5G.
Why? Well, the late, great British philosopher and polymath, Bertrand Russell, thought he knew at least part of the answer.
"The fundamental cause of the trouble," he wrote, "is that in the modern world, the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt."
Add to that, the conspiratorial rabbit holes of the internet and the increasingly unsocial side of social media and you pretty much have life today.
But those who study human intelligence say it's not a lost cause but we need to rethink some of the assumptions we have around intelligence and ignorance.
And take a good, hard look at ourselves and the role we play in the race to inanity.
So, to help you play your part in the struggle against stupidity, here are some helpful tips.
QuoteTrials of a four-day working week in Iceland have been lauded an "overwhelming success", with research revealing the initiative helped increase productivity, and led to an overall improvement in workers' wellbeing.
The trials, run by Reykjavík City Council and the Icelandic government, were held between 2015 and 2019, and ultimately included more than 2,500 workers — or about one per cent of Iceland's working population.
As part of the project, employees from a range of professions — including offices, kindergartens, social service providers and hospitals — moved from a 40-hour working week, to a 35- or 36-hour working week, but received the same pay.
Research into the trials, published this month by researchers from the UK think tank Autonomy and Iceland's Association for Sustainable Democracy (Alda), noted that following the trials' success, trade unions "achieved permanent reductions in working hours for tens of thousands of their members across the country".
In total, roughly 86 per cent of Iceland's entire working population has "now either moved to working shorter hours or have gained the right to shorten their working hours", the report found, adding that such reductions were won in contracts negotiated between 2019 and 2021.
"This study shows that the world's largest-ever trial of a shorter working week in the public sector was by all measures an overwhelming success," said Will Stronge, director of research at Autonomy.
"It shows that the public sector is ripe for being a pioneer of shorter working weeks – and lessons can be learned for other governments."
QuoteCompany will remove posts with false claims and groups with repeated violations will be shut down
Facebook has banned misinformation about all vaccines following years of harmful, unfounded health claims proliferating on its platform.
As part of its policy on Covid-19-related misinformation, Facebook will now remove posts with false claims about all vaccines, the company announced in a blogpost on Monday.
These new community guidelines apply to user-generated posts as well as paid advertisements, which were already banned from including such misinformation. Instagram users will face the same restrictions.
"We will begin enforcing this policy immediately, with a particular focus on Pages, groups and accounts that violate these rules," said Guy Rosen, who oversees content decisions. "We'll continue to expand our enforcement over the coming weeks."
QuoteA recent article devoted to the macho side of programming
made the bald and unvarnished statement:
Real Programmers write in FORTRAN.
Maybe they do now,
in this decadent era of
Lite beer, hand calculators, and "user-friendly" software
but back in the Good Old Days,
when the term "software" sounded funny
and Real Computers were made out of drums and vacuum tubes,
Real Programmers wrote in machine code.
Not FORTRAN. Not RATFOR. Not, even, assembly language.
Raw, unadorned, inscrutable hexadecimal numbers.
Lest a whole new generation of programmers
grow up in ignorance of this glorious past,
I feel duty-bound to describe,
as best I can through the generation gap,
how a Real Programmer wrote code.
I'll call him Mel,
because that was his name.
QuoteChinese nuclear scientists have reached an important milestone in the global quest to harness energy from nuclear fusion, a process that occurs naturally in the sun.
The team of scientists from China's Institute of Plasma Physics announced this week that plasma in their Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) — dubbed the 'artificial sun' — reached a whopping 100 million degrees Celsius, temperature required to maintain a fusion reaction that produces more power than it takes to run.
The Chinese research team said they were able to achieve the record temperature through the use of various new techniques in heating and controlling the plasma, but could only maintain the state for around 10 seconds.
QuoteA mass colony of tent spiders have created a mesmerising display in a nature reserve on Australia's east coast, capturing the imagination of locals.
The intricately-formed spider webs have been described as resembling masses of floating jellyfish or tiny suspended spaceships which glow in the early morning light.
During regular daylight hours, they are almost impossible to see.
But at dawn and in the late afternoon, the webs reflect rays of sunlight and appear almost iridescent.
Volunteer Dave Comish helps to maintain the Kooloonbung Creek Nature Reserve at Port Macquarie in New South Wales, where the spiders have set up residence.
Mr Comish said when he first saw the astounding, shining display, he thought the mid-north coast town had been experiencing unseasonal weather.
"On a heavy dew in the mornings, it looks like it's been snowing.
"They are a beautiful looking thing," he said.
QuoteUpon writing the articles, I was well aware that simply banning a song would do nothing to address the undercurrents of sexism and misogyny that oppress women in university colleges. My intention was not to have the song banned but instead to draw attention to the normalisation of pervasive sexist culture in universities; a culture that often robs women of their capacity to give consent. My other motive was simply to ensure that no other female would have the same experience as me.
However, when Fairfax publicised these events in their own articles, they did so using the sensationalist headline "ANU college bans song to stop male students dropping their pants". Instantly, the experiences of myself, along with so many other women who have experienced sexual harassment at ANU, had been trivialised, reduced to no more than another example of the so-called nanny state and "political correctness gone mad". This led to a bombardment of ridicule on social media, as well as by public figures, with both Miranda Devine and Mark Latham claiming that banning the song made ANU "like the Taliban".
Sadly, using such misleading and incendiary headlines to create political correctness controversies is all too common in mainstream media.
Quote... "the act, state, or habit of being predominantly concerned with obtaining gratification from what is outside the self". Extraverts tend to enjoy human interactions and to be enthusiastic, talkative, assertive, and gregarious. Extraverts are energized and thrive off of being around other people. They take pleasure in activities that involve large social gatherings, such as parties, community activities, public demonstrations, and business or political groups. They also tend to work well in groups. An extraverted person is likely to enjoy time spent with people and find less reward in time spent alone. They tend to be energized when around other people, and they are more prone to boredom when they are by themselves.
Quote..."the state of or tendency toward being wholly or predominantly concerned with and interested in one's own mental life". Introverts are typically more reserved or reflective.
Introverts often take pleasure in solitary activities such as reading, writing, using computers, hiking and fishing. The archetypal artist, writer, sculptor, engineer, composer and inventor are all highly introverted. An introvert is likely to enjoy time spent alone and find less reward in time spent with large groups of people, though he or she may enjoy interactions with close friends. Trust is usually an issue of significance: a virtue of utmost importance to introverts is choosing a worthy companion. They prefer to concentrate on a single activity at a time and like to observe situations before they participate, especially observed in developing children and adolescents. They are more analytical before speaking. Introverts are easily overwhelmed by too much stimulation from social gatherings and engagement, introversion having even been defined by some in terms of a preference for a quiet, more minimally stimulating external environment.
QuoteAlthough many people view being introverted or extraverted as a question with only two possible answers, most contemporary trait theories measure levels of extraversion-introversion as part of a single, continuous dimension of personality, with some scores near one end, and others near the half-way mark, see the Big Five personality traits. Ambiversion is falling more or less directly in the middle. An ambivert is moderately comfortable with groups and social interaction, but also relishes time alone, away from a crowd.