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When It Comes to Facial Recognition, Caricatures Beat Photos

We have a little saying around here—If the Hamburg Data Protection Authority doesn’t like it, we don’t like it either. What the HDPA doesn’t like these days is the new facial recognition feature embedded in Facebook’s new photo-tagging software, which is creepily known as “suggested automatic tagging.” They claim it violates privacy laws because it’s [...]

Who Was John Heisman, and Why Does He Get a Trophy?

As the college football season rolls on, the favorites for the Heisman Trophy are beginning to pull away from the pack. Auburn’s Cam Newton and Boise State’s Kellen Moore may be dreaming of hoisting the trophy in December, but before anyone brings home the hardware, let’s answer a few questions about John Heisman and his [...]

11 Famous Illeists

An illeist is someone who refers to himself in the third person, as Richard Nixon famously did when, after losing the bid for the California governorship in 1962, he said, “You won’t have Nixon to kick around anymore, because, gentlemen, this is my last press conference.” Today, Nixon’s sound bite is remembered as much for [...]