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The Fembots Of Ashley Madison

Now we know that almost none of the woman in the Ashley Madison database ever used the site. The question is was this a deliberate fraud? Or was it just a dating site gone wrong?


Almost None Of The Women In The Ashley Madison Database Ever Used The Site

When hacker group Impact Team released the Ashley Madison data, they asserted that “thousands” of the women’s profiles were fake. Later, this number got blown up in news stories that asserted “90-95%” of them were fake, although nobody put forth any evidence for such an enormous number. So I downloaded the data and analysed it to find out how many actual women were using Ashley Madison, and who they were.


People Are Poor Communicators When It Comes To Pain During Sex

Sex should be fun, but for many people pain is not. Nevertheless, sex sometimes surprises us with a side of pain. It might be fleeting — from a lack of lubrication, an unexpected muscle cramp, some chafing or pinched skin, or it could be the result of a more serious medical condition. But whether it’s from shame or embarrassment, people often don’t talk about it.


How DNA Could Replace Hard Drives

The capacity of our digital storage devices has skyrocketed in recent years. But there’s one storage medium that still kicks the crap out of our state-of-the-art solid state, and humans didn’t invent it. It’s called DNA.


Want To Make Your Commute Feel Shorter? Wait At A Tree-Lined Bus Stop

Trees, what can’t they do? They shelter urban wildlife, improve our mental health, and provide the very air we breathe. And it turns out that just the presence of trees at a public transit stop might be enough to improve riders’ perception of the transit experience — even if the actual service doesn’t improve at all.


A Woman Wore Her Fitbit During Sex And Replicated A Classic Experiment

Redditor noveltysin wore her Fitbit while she had sex, and shared the resulting graph of her heart rate with the world. Check out how well her graph matches the heart rates in Figure 1 of the classic 1956 paper Physiological Responses During Coitus.


Virgin Mobile Says Other Telcos Selling Air Because They Take Your Data Away

When you think about it, Australia’s mobile telcos are all pretty boring. But wait for it, this afternoon got exciting thanks to some shade from Virgin Mobile’s CEO. He thinks other telcos are ripping you off, donchaknow.


Study Suggests Uber Reduces DUI Deaths

You can have your own argument about Uber’s value as an industry-changing technology (just please don’t torch anyone’s car in the process). But one recent study looked at a particular effect of Uber: namely, when it started in California, did it reduce drinking and driving deaths?


If It Weren't For This Equation, You Wouldn't Be Here

This is Shannon’s information theory, and it’s the equation that makes data compression possible. Without it, you couldn’t have loaded this page on the web.


Optus Is Beefing Up Its Sharing Plan To Give You More Mobile Data

You’d really think that having all of your family’s services on the one bill would give you more benefits by now, right? Well, Optus is hoping to introduce one you’ll actually go for with a beefed up data sharing plan that lets you pool more of the precious internet between each other to use.


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