Miccontrolblog.com https://miccontrolblog.com Mic Control Blog Sat, 22 Sep 2018 00:27:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 The Shirk Report – Volume 492 https://miccontrolblog.com/the-shirk-report-volume-492/ https://miccontrolblog.com/the-shirk-report-volume-492/#respond Sat, 22 Sep 2018 00:27:50 +0000 https://miccontrolblog.com/the-shirk-report-volume-492/   Welcome to the Shirk Report where you will find 20 funny images, 10 interesting articles and 5 entertaining videos from the last 7 days of sifting. Most images found on Reddit; articles from Facebook, Twitter, and email; videos come from everywhere. Any suggestions? Send a note to submit@twistedsifter.com   20 IMAGES – Friday! – […]

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Welcome to the Shirk Report where you will find 20 funny images, 10 interesting articles and 5 entertaining videos from the last 7 days of sifting. Most images found on Reddit; articles from Facebook, Twitter, and email; videos come from everywhere. Any suggestions? Send a note to submit@twistedsifter.com

 

20 IMAGES

– Friday!
– Come on in | Take a seat
– This week in things I’m stupid for wanting: burrito | whale
– When I try to get my dog to eat healthier
– Maybe the cat will accept this salty, fried ‘veggie’ straw
– I could do that I just don’t want to
– At least give me the option between the two
– Stephanie went there
– $10 says their password is 123456789
– This seems legal
– You ever have small victories like this that sound stupid if you tried to describe them?
– What an exit though
– There was a meme day at high school and this teacher killed it
– Speaking of memes, these four met up in real life
– Never realized how effective Inigo Montoya was at communicating
– Furthermore, tense matters
– Here’s a timelapse of a kidney bean
– These two friends played on opposing teams
– This kid is going to be just fine
– Until next week

 

10 ARTICLES

– What Kids Need to Learn to Succeed in 2050
– A giant crawling brain: the jaw-dropping world of termites
– Some Fun (and Useful) Things You Can Do With an Amazon Echo or Google Home
– Facebook Is Testing Its Dating Service. Here’s How It’s Different From Tinder
– How Puerto Rico Became the Newest Tax Haven for the Super Rich
– A look inside Ticketmaster’s price-hiking bag of tricks
– A 558-Million-Year-Old Mystery Has Been Solved
– Why So Many Smart People Aren’t Happy
– Life in the Spanish city that banned cars
– Henry – Rob Delaney

 

5 VIDEOS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HERE’S TO SMALL WINS THIS WEEKEND

 

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Mithril Capital Management, cofounded by Ajay Royan and Peter Thiel, is leaving the Bay Area https://miccontrolblog.com/mithril-capital-management-cofounded-by-ajay-royan-and-peter-thiel-is-leaving-the-bay-area/ https://miccontrolblog.com/mithril-capital-management-cofounded-by-ajay-royan-and-peter-thiel-is-leaving-the-bay-area/#respond Sat, 22 Sep 2018 00:27:49 +0000 https://miccontrolblog.com/mithril-capital-management-cofounded-by-ajay-royan-and-peter-thiel-is-leaving-the-bay-area/ From its glass-lined offices in San Francisco’s leafy Presidio national park, six-year-old Mithril Capital Management has happily flown under the radar. Now it’s leaving altogether and relocating its team to Austin, a spot that, among others the firm had considered, has “enough critical mass of a technical culture, an artisanal culture, an artistic culture, and […]

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From its glass-lined offices in San Francisco’s leafy Presidio national park, six-year-old Mithril Capital Management has happily flown under the radar. Now it’s leaving altogether and relocating its team to Austin, a spot that, among others the firm had considered, has “enough critical mass of a technical culture, an artisanal culture, an artistic culture, and [is] not necessarily looking to Silicon Valley for validation,” says firm cofounder Ajay Royan.

The move isn’t a complete surprise. Royan, who cofounded the growth-stage investment firm in 2012 with renowned investor Peter Thiel, hasn’t done much in the way of public relations outside of announcing MIthril’s existence. Thiel and Royan — who’d previously been a managing director at Clarium Capital Management, Thiel’s hedge fund — largely travel in social circles outside of Silicon Valley.

The firm has always prided itself on finding startups that don’t fit the typical ideal of a Silicon Valley startup, too. One of its newer bets, for example, is a nine-year-old dental robotics company in Miami, Fla. that says it performs implant surgery faster and more effectively, which is a surprisingly big market. More than 500,000 people now receive implants each year.  “It was a hidden team, because it’s in Miami, and it was a field that was under invested in,” says Royan, noting that one of the few breakthrough companies in the dental world in recent years, Invisalign, which makes an alternative to braces, caters to a much younger demographic.

Even still, Mithril’s departure is interesting taken as a data point in a series of them that suggest that Silicon Valley may be losing some of its appeal for a variety of reasons. One of these is so-called groupthink, which had already driven Thiel to make Los Angeles his primary home. An even bigger factor: the unprecedentedly high cost of living. As The Economist recently reported about the Bay Area’s narrowing lead over other tech hubs,  a median-priced home in the region costs $940,000, which is four-and-a-half times the American average. “It’s hard to imagine doing another startup in Silicon Valley; I don’t think I would,” said Jeremy Stoppelman, who cofounded the search and reviews site Yelp, took it public in 2012, and continues to lead the San Francisco-based company, to The Economist.

Late last week, to learn more about Mithril’s move out of California and to get a general sense of how the firm is faring, we sat down with Royan at the space the firm will formally vacate next year, when its lease expires. We talked for several hours; some outtakes from that conversation, lightly edited for length, follow.

TC: You and I haven’t sat down together in years. When did you start thinking about re-locating the firm?

AR: In 2016. I started seeing a lot more correlation in the companies that we were seeing; they were looking more similar to each other than before, and the volume was going up as well. So to put that in context, 2017 was our largest volume in the pipeline, meaning the number of companies coming through the system. And it was also the year that we did the least number of investments. We made one investment, in Neocis [the aforementioned dental robotics company].

TC: You don’t think this owes to a lack of imagination by founders but rather serious flaws in the overarching way that startups get funded. 

AR: The problem is what I call time horizon compression. So a pension fund is supposed to invest on a 30-year time horizon, but if you look at the internal incentives, the bonuses are paid on an annual basis [and the investors making investing decisions on behalf of that pension] are evaluated every six months or every quarter. So you shouldn’t be surprised when people do really short-term things.

There are very short-term versions of investing in the private markets, as well. It’s the 15th AI company, or the 23rd big data company, or the 256th online-to-offline services company. A lot of the people making these investments are very smart. The question is: why are they funding these companies? And why are people starting them? I would suggest it’s because both are under tremendous time pressure, and pressure not to take real risk. If you’re really smart, and you’re told that you’ve got to make returns tomorrow and you can’t take a lot of risk, then you do a me-too company and you look for momentum funding and you try to get out as quickly as possible. It’s a perfectly rational response to bad incentives, and that’s part of what we started to see a lot of in Silicon Valley. I think you have a lot of it going on right now.

TC: It feels like the “getting out” part has become a problem. The IPO market has picked up, but it’s not exactly vibrant. Do you buy the argument that going public limits what a team can do because of public shareholder expectations?

AR: I think that’s fake. Private investors are maybe even more demanding than public investors, because we have material amounts invested generally. Certainly, we do at Mithril. When it comes to governance at our companies, it’s pretty tough, and we get a lot of insight into their activities. It’s not like a public board, where you get a quarterly meeting and a pretty presentation and then people go home.

I do think it’s risk budget and time horizon, bottom line. So the ability to take risks in ways that are not supported by historical models would be: if it goes well, people are happy; if it goes south, the public markets I don’t think will forgive you.

TC: What about Amazon, which went out early, lost money for years, was hammered by analysts, yet is now flirting with a $1 trillion market cap? 

AR: Amazon is like the sovereign exception that proves the rule. It’s like [Jeff Bezos] was structured to basically not care both in terms of governance, or he cared in the way that was actually constructive to building Amazon, which is, ‘I’m just going to keep reinvesting all my profits into things that I think are important, and you all can just wait,’ right? And not a lot of people have the intestinal fortitude to do that or the governance structure to sustain it.

TC: You’ve made some big bets on companies that have been around a while, including the surveillance technology company Palantir, which I recall is one of your biggest bets. How patient are your own investors?

AR: Palantir is still doing extremely well as a company. What’s interesting is 80 percent of our capital in [our first of three funds] is concentrated in, like, 10 companies. Our two biggest investments were Palantir and [the antibody discovery platform] Adimab [in New Hampshire], and I’d argue that Adamab is even bigger than Palantir. We actually helped them not go public in 2014 when they were thinking about it.

TC: How, and why was it better for the company to stay private? 

AR: Adimab was founded in 2007, so it was already seven years old when we encountered them. And I was looking for a company that would be not a drug company but instead [akin to] a technology company in biotech, and Adimab is that. The’ve built a custom-designed yeast whose DNA was redesigned based on the inputs from a multi-year study of about 120 human beings, I think at Harvard, where they assessed the immune responses of the humans to various diseases, then encoded what they understood about the human immune system into the yeast. So the yeast essentially are humanized proxies for the immune system.

TC: Which means . . . .

AR: You can attack the yeast with disease, and the antibodies the yeast produces are essentially human antibodies. Think of it as a biological computer that responds to disease vectors. We now have a database of 10 billion antibodies that we can use to figure out how best to interrogate the yeast for the next generation of diseases that needed an immunotherapy solution.

TC: Is the company profitable?

AR: It is. They don’t need any new money. We’ve just begun a program to help them restructure their cap table so they can take out early investors.

TC: An 11-year-old company. What about employees who are waiting to cash out?

AR: They want more stock, so we’ve created the equivalent of stock options that are tied to value creation.

A lot of biotech companies go public very early on. If Adimab had, they would have been under tremendous pressure to actually build a drug company. People would have said, ‘Hey, if you’re discovering all these antibodies and they’re empowering other people’s drugs, why don’t you just make your own drug?” But the founder, Tillman Gerngross, who’s also the head of bioengineering at Dartmouth, he doesn’t want to be in the position of having to sell or be under tremendous pressure [to create a drug company] when he thinks the full impact of what Adimab is building won’t be realized for another decade.

TC: In Austin, you’ll be closer to this company and some of your other portfolio companies. But are you really certain you want to leave sunny California?

AR: The cost of trying is what I’m worried about [here]. It’s that simple. That applies to people who are starting jobs in someone’s company, or trying to start a company themselves. If it’s expensive for the company to take risk, it’s going be expensive for you to take risk inside the company, which means your career will take a different path than than otherwise

After [I was an] undergrad at Yale, New York was a natural place to go, but I never worked there. It just felt like a place that was externally very pressurized. You had to conform to the external pressures that dictated your daily life. Your rent was $4,000 to $6,000 a month for craziness for like a walk-up in Hell’s Kitchen. Social structures were fairly set, like, you had to go to the Hamptons in the summer or something. There were these weird things that felt very dictated and you had to fit and you had to climb the pyramid schemes that people had established for you. Otherwise, you were out.

What made [Silicon Valley] really attractive was it was a one giant incubator as a society, with a lot of pay-it-forward forward culture and a low cost of trying. Now I’m worried about all three of those.

I’m not saying that just by moving, that gets fixed. That’s facile. But if you conclude that this is an issue that you need to think through, and try to find thoughtful ways to get around, you have to enlist every ally you can. And one of those allies might be reducing unidirectional environmental noise, and having more voices that you can listen to and being exposed to more lived experiences that are varied. . . It builds your capacity for empathy, and I think that’s important for good investing and being a good founder.

TC: What are your early impressions of Austin?

AJ: It’s a great town. Everyone’s been super friendly. I get to wear my cowboy boots. You can actually do a four-hour tour of food trucks without running out of food trucks. Also, most of the people I’ve met are registered Democrats and like, half of them own really nice guns. And these are not considered contradictory at all.

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VCs say Silicon Valley isn’t the gold mine it used to be https://miccontrolblog.com/vcs-say-silicon-valley-isnt-the-gold-mine-it-used-to-be/ https://miccontrolblog.com/vcs-say-silicon-valley-isnt-the-gold-mine-it-used-to-be/#respond Sat, 22 Sep 2018 00:27:49 +0000 https://miccontrolblog.com/vcs-say-silicon-valley-isnt-the-gold-mine-it-used-to-be/ In the days leading up to TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2018, The Economist published the cover story, ‘Why Startups Are Leaving Silicon Valley.’ The author outlined reasons why the Valley has “peaked.” Venture capital investors are deploying capital outside the Bay Area more than ever before. High-profile entrepreneurs and investors, Peter Thiel, for example, have left. Rising […]

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In the days leading up to TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2018, The Economist published the cover story, ‘Why Startups Are Leaving Silicon Valley.’

The author outlined reasons why the Valley has “peaked.” Venture capital investors are deploying capital outside the Bay Area more than ever before. High-profile entrepreneurs and investors, Peter Thiel, for example, have left. Rising rents are making it impossible for new blood to make a living, let alone build businesses. And according to a recent survey, 46 percent of Bay Area residents want to get the hell out, an increase from 34 percent two years ago.

Needless to say, the future of Silicon Valley was top of mind on stage at Disrupt.

“It’s hard to make a difference in San Francisco as a single entrepreneur,” said J.D. Vance, the author of ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ and a managing partner at Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Fund, which backs seed-stage companies based outside Silicon Valley. “It’s not as a hard to make a difference as a successful entrepreneur in Columbus, Ohio.”

In conversation with Vance, Revolution CEO Steve Case said he’s noticed a “mega-trend” emerging. Founders from cities like Pittsburgh, Detroit or Portland are opting to stay in their hometowns instead of moving to U.S. innovation hubs like San Francisco.

“The sense that you have to be here or you can’t play is going to start diminishing.”

“We are seeing the beginnings of a slowing of what has been a brain drain the last 20 years,” Case said. “It’s not just watching where the capital flows, it’s watching where the talent flows. And the sense that you have to be here or you can’t play is going to start diminishing.”

Farewell, San Francisco

“It’s too expensive to live here,” said Aileen Lee, the founder of seed-stage VC firm Cowboy Ventures, amid a conversation with leading venture capitalists Spark Capital general partner Megan Quinn and Benchmark general partner Sarah Tavel .

“I know that there are a lot of people in the Bay Area that are trying to work on that problem and I hope that they are successful,” Lee added. “It’s an amazing place to live and we’ve made it really challenging for people to live here and not worry about making ends meet.”

One of Cowboy’s portfolio companies opted to relocate from Silicon Valley to Colorado when it came time to scale their business. That kind of move would’ve historically been seen as a failure. Today, it may be a sign of strong business acumen.

Bay Area VCs agree that Silicon Valley may be losing its gravitational pull after all

Quinn said that of all 28 of Spark’s growth-stage portfolio companies, Raleigh, North Carolina-based Pendo has the easiest time recruiting folks locally and from the Bay Area.

She advises her Bay Area-based late-stage companies to open a second office outside of the Valley where lower-cost talent is available.

“We often say go to [flySFO.com], draw a three-hour circle around San Francisco where they have direct flights, find a city that has a university and open up a second office as quickly as possible,” Quinn said.

Still, all three firms invest in a lot of companies based in San Francisco. Of Benchmark’s 10 most recent investments, for example, eight were based in SF, according to Crunchbase.

“I used to believe really strongly if you wanted to build a multi-billion dollar company you had to be based here,” Tavel said. “I’ve stopped giving that soap speech.”

Underestimated talent

A lot of Bay Area VCs have been blind to the droves of tech talent located outside the region. Believe it or not, there are great engineers in America’s small- and medium-sized markets too.

At Disrupt, Backstage Capital founder Arlan Hamilton announced the firm would launch an accelerator to further amplify companies led by underestimated founders. The program will have cohorts based in four cities; San Francisco was noticeably absent from that list.

Instead, the firm, which invests in underrepresented founders and recently raised a $36 million fund, will work with companies in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, London and one more city, which will be determined by a public vote. Aniyia Williams, the founder of Tinsel and Black & Brown Founders, will spearhead the Philadelphia effort.

“For us, it’s about closing that wealth gap to address inequity in tech,” Williams said. “There needs to be more active participation from everyone.”

Hamilton added that for her, the tech talent in LA and London is undeniable.

“There is a lot of money and a lot of investors … it reminds me of three years ago in Silicon Valley,” Hamilton said.

Backstage Capital to launch an accelerator in four cities to promote underrepresented founders

Silicon Valley vs. China

Silicon Valley’s demise may not be just as a result of increased costs of living or investors overlooking talent in other geographies. It may be because of heightened competition abroad.

Doug Leone, an early- and growth-stage investor at Sequoia Capital, said at Disrupt that he’s noticed a very different work ethic in China.

Chinese entrepreneurs, he explained, are more ruthless than their American counterparts and they’re putting in a whole lot more hours.

“I’ve had dinner in China until after 10 p.m. and people go to work after 10 p.m.,” Leone recalled.

“We don’t see that in the U.S. I’m not saying the U.S. founders oughta do that but those are the differences. They are similar in character. They are similar in dreams. They are similar in how they want to change the world. They are ultra-driven … The Chinese founders have a half other gear because I think they are a little more desperate.”

Much of this, however, has been said before and still, somehow, Silicon Valley remained the place to be for investors and startup entrepreneurs.

The reality is, those engaged in tech culture are always anxiously awaiting for the bubble to pop, the market to crash and for “peak Valley” to finally arrive.

Maybe, just maybe, Silicon Valley is forever.

Here’s more of our coverage of Disrupt 2018.

Disrupt SF 2018

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#WhyIDidntReport attacks Trump’s comments on sexual assault https://miccontrolblog.com/whyididntreport-attacks-trumps-comments-on-sexual-assault/ https://miccontrolblog.com/whyididntreport-attacks-trumps-comments-on-sexual-assault/#respond Sat, 22 Sep 2018 00:27:49 +0000 https://miccontrolblog.com/whyididntreport-attacks-trumps-comments-on-sexual-assault/ Sometimes, writing and “publishing” a tweet feels no different than screaming into an empty, all-encompassing void of darkness and despair. This feels especially true when writing such tweets is like picking at a scab, or re-opening a wound. And this feels particularly true when such tweets are aimed at a man with a great amount of […]

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People are tweeting #WhyIDidntReport about their sexual assaults.

Sometimes, writing and “publishing” a tweet feels no different than screaming into an empty, all-encompassing void of darkness and despair. This feels especially true when writing such tweets is like picking at a scab, or re-opening a wound. And this feels particularly true when such tweets are aimed at a man with a great amount of power who has been accused of sexual harassment and assault by 19 women and has privately admitted to having the ability to “grab [women] by the [vagina].”

And yet, despite the effort and trauma and prior socialization that has told us yelling into this void will do us no good, sexual assault survivors across Twitter have found themselves, once again, gutturally decrying President Donald Trump‘s latest tweets on sexual assault, defending themselves and thousands of others who didn’t report their sexual assault after they occurred.

On Friday morning, Trump finally weighed in on the sexual assault accusations his Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh is facing against a former classmate, Palo Alto University professor Christine Blasey Ford.

Ford says Kavanaugh assaulted her as he attempted to remove her clothes to rape her when the two attended a party in high school, when she was 15 and he was 17. She also wants the FBI to investigate her claim before she testifies against Kavanaugh as part of his nomination proceedings. However, if “the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed” with law enforcement, either by Ford or her “loving parents,” according to Trump.

“I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!” his tweet concluded. A second tweet from Trump asked why someone didn’t “call the FBI” at the time of the assault, instead of making the FBI investigate now.

There are countless things wrong with Trump’s assertion that had an assault been “as bad,” a report would have been filed. Not only does Trump completely skate the idea that Kavanaugh may not have assaulted Ford—he asserts that even if he did, it might not have been that “bad,” or at least not “bad” enough to file a report with law enforcement, as if even a gentle attempted rape wouldn’t disqualify Kavanaugh from serving on the Supreme Court. Secondly, the chances that law enforcement would have done a thing if Ford had reported Kavanaugh’s attempted rape at the time are laughable.

But thirdly, and most importantly, there are near-infinite reasons for why someone in Ford’s position might not have told her “loving parents” about the assault, let alone would have reported the assault to the authorities. Those reasons range from the aforementioned problem that law enforcement may not have done a thing about Kavanaugh’s behavior at the time of the assault, to the various stigmas that come with being a survivor of sexual assault, even today—that you must’ve been foolish with your personal safety, that you’re weak to have been assaulted, or that you must’ve done something to deserve it.

Across Twitter, survivors themselves have taken on the hashtag #WhyIDidntReport to share their own assaults, and divulge why they themselves didn’t say anything at the time they were assaulted.

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Hundreds of men and women have shared their reasons for not reporting their assault, touching on their fears of not being believed, or being shamed, or even troubles in coming to grips with the idea that an assault even happened. This experience of being able to talk about this trauma openly, in a supportive environment with dozens of community responses of love and empathy, can feel cathartic. For survivors, this can be helpful regardless of how their stories impact and educate others.

But above all, #WhyIDidntReport serves as a reminder that once again, survivors must bear the scars of their assaults, and reopen their wounds as a means to educate people, such as Trump. Worse yet, survivors are having to take on the brunt of the stress in retelling their experiences to educate people who have no interest in learning.

Of course, educating others this isn’t the only end of the means—the catharsis! the community!—but it’s a significant end nonetheless. Ultimately, people in power, such as the president and the countless Congress members who doubt the validity of Ford’s account, have once again put the onus of validating sexual assault on the survivors themselves.

And once again, survivors are having to rehash their traumas as proof for people who refuse to believe them.

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Japan’s Hayabusa 2 mission lands on the surface of a distant asteroid https://miccontrolblog.com/japans-hayabusa-2-mission-lands-on-the-surface-of-a-distant-asteroid/ https://miccontrolblog.com/japans-hayabusa-2-mission-lands-on-the-surface-of-a-distant-asteroid/#respond Sat, 22 Sep 2018 00:27:49 +0000 https://miccontrolblog.com/japans-hayabusa-2-mission-lands-on-the-surface-of-a-distant-asteroid/ The coolest mission you haven’t heard of just hit a major milestone: the Japanese Hayabusa 2 probe has reached its destination, the asteroid Ryugu, and just deployed a pair of landers to its surface. Soon it will touch down itself and bring a sample of Ryugu back to Earth! Are you kidding me? That’s amazing! […]

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The coolest mission you haven’t heard of just hit a major milestone: the Japanese Hayabusa 2 probe has reached its destination, the asteroid Ryugu, and just deployed a pair of landers to its surface. Soon it will touch down itself and bring a sample of Ryugu back to Earth! Are you kidding me? That’s amazing!

Hayabusa 2 is, as you might guess, a sequel to the original Hayabusa, which like this one was an asteroid sampling mission. So this whole process isn’t without precedent, though some of you may be surprised that asteroid mining is essentially old hat now.

But as you might also guess, the second mission is more advanced than the first. Emboldened by and having learned much from the first mission, Hayabusa 2 packs more equipment and plans a much longer stay at its destination.

That destination is an asteroid in an orbit between the Earth and Mars named Ryugu. Ryugu is designated “Type C,” meaning it is thought to have considerable amounts of water and organic materials, making it an exciting target for learning about the possibilities of extraterrestrial life and the history of this (and perhaps other) solar systems.

It launched in late 2014 and spent the next several years in a careful approach that would put it in a stable orbit above the asteroid; it finally arrived this summer. And this week it descended to within 55 meters (!) of the surface and dropped off two of four landers it brought with. Here’s what it looked like as it descended towards the asteroid:


These “MINERVA” landers (seen in render form up top) are intended to hop around the surface, with each leap lasting some 15 minutes due to the low gravity there. They’ll take pictures of the surface, test the temperature, and generally investigate wherever they land.

Waiting for deployment are one more MINERVA and MASCOT, a newly developed lander that carries more scientific instruments but isn’t as mobile. It’ll look more closely at the magnetic qualities of the asteroid and also non-invasively check the minerals on the surface.

The big news will come next year, when Hayabusa 2 itself drops down to the surface with the “small carry-on impactor,” which it will use to create a crater and sample below the surface of Ryugu. This thing is great. It’s basically a giant bullet: a 2-kilogram copper plate mounted in front of an explosive, which when detonated fires the plate towards the target at about two kilometers per second, or somewhere around 4,400 miles per hour.

Hayabusa 2’s impactor in a test, blowing through targets and hitting the rubble on the far side of the range.

The orbiter will not just observe surface changes from the impact, which will help illuminate the origins of other craters and help indicate the character of the surface, but it will also land and collect the “fresh” exposed substances.

All in all it’s a fabulously interesting mission and one that JAXA, Japan’s NASA equivalent, is uniquely qualified to run. You can bet that asteroid mining companies are watching Hayabusa 2 closely, since a few years from now they may be launching their own versions of it.

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Report: Instagram’s video app recommends possible child abuse videos https://miccontrolblog.com/report-instagrams-video-app-recommends-possible-child-abuse-videos/ https://miccontrolblog.com/report-instagrams-video-app-recommends-possible-child-abuse-videos/#respond Sat, 22 Sep 2018 00:27:48 +0000 https://miccontrolblog.com/report-instagrams-video-app-recommends-possible-child-abuse-videos/ Instagram appears to be recommending graphic videos to potential underage users. IGTV, Instagram’s long-form video app that launched in June, reportedly recommended “sexually suggestive footage of young girls” and a video of genital mutilation during a three-week study conducted by Business Insider. Two of the graphic videos, which reportedly had reached more than 1 million […]

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IGTV child abuse videos algorithm

Instagram appears to be recommending graphic videos to potential underage users.

IGTV, Instagram’s long-form video app that launched in June, reportedly recommended “sexually suggestive footage of young girls” and a video of genital mutilation during a three-week study conducted by Business Insider.

Two of the graphic videos, which reportedly had reached more than 1 million views, were taken down by Instagram five days after Business Insider reported them to the app. They were also reported to police by a British children’s charity.

Business Insider monitored the “Popular” and “For You” tabs on IGTV with multiple accounts, including an anonymous account created for the study that stated the user was 13. The site discovered a video, called “Hot Girl Follow Me” that showed what appeared to be a preteen girl who was in the process of removing her top just before the video ended.

The comments on that and a similar video reportedly included angry people asking why that video had been recommended. Others described it as “superb” or “sexy.”

Another video discovered by Business Insider showed a penis being operated on by a motorized saw. Videos also showed strange footage of a monkey touching a crying baby and a “video of a woman pulling something long and bloody out of her nose.”

In a statement to Business Insider, IGTV said it had removed the videos and apologized to those who had viewed them.

“We care deeply about keeping all of Instagram—including IGTV—a safe place for young people to get closer to the people and interests they care about,” a spokesperson said.

“We have Community Guidelines in place to protect everyone using Instagram and have zero tolerance for anyone sharing explicit images or images of child abuse. … We take measures to proactively monitor potential violations of our Community Guidelines and just like on the rest of Instagram, we encourage our community to report content that concerns them. We have a trained team of reviewers who work 24/7 to remove anything which violates our terms.”

Instagram did not comment when asked by Business Insider how the algorithm works and why it was recommending such graphic videos. As of earlier this week, the accounts that posted the sexually suggestive videos were still active.

Facebook—which has had numerous issues with fake accounts spreading fake news and convinced both liberal and conservative bases in the U.S. that the company is biased against them—owns Instagram.

YouTube, which IGTV wants to compete with, has also faced extraordinary problems with its algorithms. Inappropriate videos featuring children and conspiracy theory videos flood the platform every time there’s a national tragedy.

The Business Insider report details the process for its investigation and what it found. Read the report here.

H/T CNET

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Noah Cyrus’ joke about selling her tears turns into GoFundMe scam https://miccontrolblog.com/noah-cyrus-joke-about-selling-her-tears-turns-into-gofundme-scam/ https://miccontrolblog.com/noah-cyrus-joke-about-selling-her-tears-turns-into-gofundme-scam/#respond Sat, 22 Sep 2018 00:27:48 +0000 https://miccontrolblog.com/noah-cyrus-joke-about-selling-her-tears-turns-into-gofundme-scam/ What began as a silly promotion stunt for Noah Cyrus’ new album went awry this week when people forked over real money for a bottle supposedly full of her tears. TMZ reports that Cyrus—the 18-year-old singer and younger sister to Miley—and her team came up with the idea to jokingly advertise a bottle of her […]

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Noah Cyrus' promotional stunt advertising a $12,000 bottle of tears turned into a GoFundMe scam.

What began as a silly promotion stunt for Noah Cyrus’ new album went awry this week when people forked over real money for a bottle supposedly full of her tears.

TMZ reports that Cyrus—the 18-year-old singer and younger sister to Miley—and her team came up with the idea to jokingly advertise a bottle of her tears, playing off her well-documented heartbreak after splitting from rapper Lil Xan and the name of her new album, Good Cry. A Pizzaslime ad listed the bottles for $12,000 each with this description: “This is approximately 12 tears made by Noah Cyrus as a result of sadness.”

As it turns out, people were more than willing to pay real money for a bottle of Cyrus’ salty eye liquid. According to TMZ, Cyrus’ team is now having to clarify that even if you submit an order on Pizzaslime.com, your money will be refunded and no real bottle of tears will be delivered.

“They NEVER thought anyone would actually click on such an absurd gag offer,” TMZ reports. It’s unclear how many people fell for the joke.

Meanwhile, someone going by Sad Cyren created a GoFundMe page, supposedly to try and drum up money to buy the bottle of tears. Per TMZ, here was part of the description: I LOVE NOAH CYRUS SO MUCH I NEED A BOTTLE OF HER TEARS BUT IT’s $12,000!!!!!!!!!!!!”

The campaign, which has since been removed, compelled eight people to raise a total of $1,240 in eight hours (one person donated $1,000). Now batting cleanup, Cyrus’ team says it will reimburse the people who donated and offer them backstage passes to one of her shows.

H/T TMZ

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Escaped Python Sparks Panic on Busy Road During Rush Hour https://miccontrolblog.com/escaped-python-sparks-panic-on-busy-road-during-rush-hour/ https://miccontrolblog.com/escaped-python-sparks-panic-on-busy-road-during-rush-hour/#respond Sat, 22 Sep 2018 00:27:45 +0000 https://miccontrolblog.com/escaped-python-sparks-panic-on-busy-road-during-rush-hour/ This is the terrifying moment a rampaging python brought havoc on a busy road as drivers battled to catch it in a cardboard box. The 12ft long python brought traffic to a stop during rush […] The post Escaped Python Sparks Panic on Busy Road During Rush Hour appeared first on Viral Viral Videos. Original […]

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The Internet Can’t Get Enough Of This Man Who Volunteers And Naps With Cats At A Shelter Every Day https://miccontrolblog.com/the-internet-cant-get-enough-of-this-man-who-volunteers-and-naps-with-cats-at-a-shelter-every-day/ https://miccontrolblog.com/the-internet-cant-get-enough-of-this-man-who-volunteers-and-naps-with-cats-at-a-shelter-every-day/#respond Sat, 22 Sep 2018 00:27:43 +0000 https://miccontrolblog.com/the-internet-cant-get-enough-of-this-man-who-volunteers-and-naps-with-cats-at-a-shelter-every-day/ Cats love a good snooze, so much so that there’s even a kind of sleep named just for them: the catnap. They also love a cuddle, so if you think about it, what better way to help out some shelter cats than to join them for a good snooze? 75-year-old Terry Lauerman knows this, and […]

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Cats love a good snooze, so much so that there’s even a kind of sleep named just for them: the catnap. They also love a cuddle, so if you think about it, what better way to help out some shelter cats than to join them for a good snooze?

75-year-old Terry Lauerman knows this, and he regularly heads down to his local shelter for catnaps. Staff at Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary in Green Bay, Wisconsin, said that he came in brandishing a brush one day, and asked if he could groom the cats. “He just walked in and started brushing,” founder of the shelter Elizabeth Feldhausen told HuffPost. “So eventually we told him he was an official volunteer and had him fill out our volunteer form.”

Terry visits the shelter daily, staying for around 3 hours a time. He brushes the cats before dozing off for a nap with them, before waking up and repeating the process. The experience is a mutually beneficial one, and has had far reaching effects for the shelter. After they decided to dedicate a Facebook post to Terry and his adorable volunteer work, it quickly went viral. The resulting publicity has seen donations flooding in, providing funds for the shelter to continue their important work for a long time to come.

“Our donations have increased!” Elizabeth told Bored Panda. “Normally, we’d make between $3,000-$4,000 per month. This week, we have reached $30,000! This is amazing because we do rely solely on donation!”

“The proceeds will likely go to adding additional quarantine rooms, so that we can save more cats more quickly, vet bills, and re-insulating the building so that we are more energy efficient this winter. We’ll have more than enough for all of those things, so some will go to savings and be our “rainy day fund”.”

Scroll down below to see Terry in ‘action,’ and don’t forget, shelters are vital for the well-being of millions of unfortunate animals, and need your donations to survive. Contact your local shelter for more info.

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This post by an animal shelter in Green Bay Wisconsin went viral recently

“He just walked in and started brushing,” the shelter founder told HuffPost

“So eventually we told him he was an official volunteer and had him fill out our volunteer form”

The adorable pictures didn’t take long to win the Internet’s heart

A fundraiser for the shelter in Terry’s name was started and it already raised funds for the shelter to continue for the next year

People loved the wholesome story

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5 Movies That Were Totally Redone Before Release https://miccontrolblog.com/5-movies-that-were-totally-redone-before-release/ https://miccontrolblog.com/5-movies-that-were-totally-redone-before-release/#respond Sat, 22 Sep 2018 00:27:40 +0000 https://miccontrolblog.com/5-movies-that-were-totally-redone-before-release/ By Cezary Jan Strusiewicz,Daniel Dockery  Published: September 21st, 2018  Original source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CrackedRSS/~3/7flLowxkod0/

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