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Algorithms are being used, however, to filter out content (mostly by stupid Western male teens?). When Wii U Miiverse was ported to the U.S. the developers learned that obscene content like penis drawings were being sent. While text is very easy to filter out, drawings are not. After several weeks of testing, they were able to write an algorithm to filter out penis drawings.  PetaPixel

Several websites would be able to be targeted under this site like the now defunct creepshots, an anti reviewers site, revenge sites that allow the posting of pictures of exes, to name a few.

“What only careful readers of the article would have gleaned is the extent of the financial connections between the drugmaker and the research. The trial had been funded by GlaxoSmithKline, and each of the 11 authors had received money from the company. Four were employees and held company stock. The other seven were academic experts who had received grants or consultant fees from the firm.”

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  1. DS
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 09:06:42

    There’s a long history of useless animal web sites. Is Hamster Dance still around?

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  2. Jane
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 09:07:58

    @DS: Yes, I believe it is. I also read that Hamster Dance was the result of two competing programmers trying to obtain the most web hits.

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  3. Christine M.
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 10:32:55

    Actually, if you keep on making the circles smaller until they’re slightly larger than pixels (takes about 30-45 seconds), the circles turn into the picture of an animal. I got a baby lion’s headshot.

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  4. LG
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 10:42:25

    @Christine M.: Oh, thanks for that info! I got a bunch of sleepy pandas on a blanket.

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  5. Liz H.
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 11:04:19

    My favorite animal sites of the moment-
    http://calmingmanatee.com/
    http://dogshaming.com/

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  6. SAO
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 11:54:52

    Drug companies manipulate research all the time. I dont know why the FDA doesnt do the research. They could contract it out, and make the drug company pay, but if the bids and contracts came from the FDA, theyd be far less likely to always conclude the expensive new drug was much better than the generic. The FDA could then require all information or advertising to mention if it showed no benefit over the generic.

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  7. Estara
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 12:27:13

    I followed that Koala Max page to its developer and his interesting project for Stanford in 2007 which seems to show that the married men actually profit in longer lifespan from being married, whereas women don’t. Quod erat demonstrandum ^^ https://graphics.stanford.edu/wikis/cs448b-09-fall/A2-OgievetskyVadim

    Also, my picture was an alert lion cub looking into the camera.

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  8. txvoodoo
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 16:51:48

    “I’m not certain I buy that given the number of bikini photos on facebook but it’s an interesting theory.”

    Is it possible that, because so many of those bikini-clad people are also spray-tanned to unnatural orange, that eludes the skin-tone filter? ;)

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  9. Shelley
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 18:36:06

    Well, that’s 5 minutes of my life I’ll never get back. Cute baby owls btw. I think. :O)

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  10. Carrie G
    Nov 27, 2012 @ 17:43:01

    I don’t buy the “skin tone pixel” explanation. I follow several romance book sites on facebook on who routinely post “hunky man of the day/week” photos, and the percentage of skin shown is usually significant. ;-)

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  11. K8899
    Nov 29, 2012 @ 00:08:24

    I got a Labrador puppy… and then the second time I did it I got an actual koala.

    There were plenty of useless websites not devoted to animals, I know, I clicked the button enough times (shame).

    I think the facebook thing is a case of ‘we made a mistake but we’re too proud to admit it so we’re just going to pretend we meant it the whole time’.

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