Finding the Most Bigoted Pages on Reddit, a Robot Road Trip, and More… [Tech News Digest]
Also: how Windows XP’s persistence is hurting Intel, a sadistic AI weather app, and the Lego-based remake of Jurassic Park you’ve been waiting for.
The Most Bigoted Subreddits, by the Numbers
You’ve probably heard people say that Reddit is a racist cesspool, but that’s not entirely true. Reddit, after all, is just a website and a voting mechanism.
Websites can’t be bigoted, but people sure can be – and some of Reddit’s communities are downright toxic places.
Ben Bell crunched the numbers, and found the subreddits where bigoted statements are most likely to be upvoted. You should absolutely check out his numbers, but here are the top five most bigoted subreddits according to his methodology:
Umm…yeah. That sounds about right, actually.
And, for contrast, the five least bigoted subreddits. Terrible things are said in these communities sometimes, but are usually voted down quickly:
Reddit’s only as good as the subreddits you follow, so make sure you’re seeking out positive places and unsubscribing from the toxic ones.
Robot Road Trip! Self Driving Car Will Cross the USA
Google gets the most press for its self-driving car, but they’re not the only game in town. The UK-based automotive parts company Delphi is sending a self-driving Audi across America this week, in what could be the first cross-continent road trip without a human driver.
We think self driving cars are going to change everything about transportation , so you might as well get used to seeing footage like this.
Some Businesses Are Sticking With Windows XP, And It’s Hurting Intel
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Intel’s not selling as many processors as previously projected, and they think part of the problem is Windows XP. Small and medium businesses aren’t upgrading their XP machines.
The company believes the changes to demand and inventory patterns are caused by lower than expected Windows XP refresh in small and medium business. – Intel Statement
We’ve all heard about the security problems running XP could lead to, but for plenty of companies the 15-year-old operating system is still working. Lots of people love Windows XP , but from a security point of view it’s not a good idea to keep using it.
Carrot Brings its Signature Sadism to Weather
We told you about Carrot, a todo list that mocks you for being lazy . It’s really funny, and surprisingly effective at shaming you into doing things.
And now that same robot can let you know about the weather.
Brian Mueller, the app’s creator, hopes it’s more than just a joke:
I always wanted an app that combined short term, 24-hour, and 7-day forecasts, but was able to figure out which type of forecast I would want to see based on context. So if it’s raining/snowing, it shows me the forecast for the next hour. If it’s not, it shows me the hourly forecast.
If this sounds useful, you can download Carrot Weather for iOS (sorry Android users!).
And now: Jurassic Park, remade with Legos.
Low budget remakes of classic movies are awesome, but we’re not sure if this qualifies. Apparently the creators – a father and daughter team, apparently, with a lot of help from friends – used $100,000 worth of Lego to re-create this 90s blockbuster.
That’s a lot of bricks, and it shows.
Your Thoughts On Today’s Tech News
Do you try to avoid Reddit altogether? Or do you carefully pick what to not subscribe to? Are you excited about self driving cars? Are you still sticking with XP, and if so why? Let’s talk about all this and anything else you’d like in the comments below.