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Finding the Most Bigoted Pages on Reddit, a Robot Road Trip, and More… [Tech News Digest]

Justin Pot 23-03-2015

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:

  1. TheRedPill
  2. OpieAndAnthony
  3. Atheism
  4. Sex
  5. JustNeckbeardThings

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:

  1. Libertarian
  2. Jokes
  3. Community
  4. Aww
  5. Food

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 History is Bunk: The Future of Transportation Will Be Like Nothing You've Seen Before In a few decades, the phrase 'driverless car' is going to sound an awful lot like 'horseless carriage,' and the idea of owning your own car will sound as quaint as digging your own well. Read More , so you might as well get used to seeing footage like this.

Some Businesses Are Sticking With Windows XP, And It’s Hurting Intel

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 5 Reasons Why You Love Windows XP & What You Sacrifice Nearly 30% of computers are still running Windows XP. It was a stable and reliable system for years, but all good things come to an end. Almost no good reasons to keep using Windows XP... Read More , 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 CARROT: A To-Do App Gamifying Productivity or a Sadistic Robot With a Sense of Humor [iOS] The universe of GTD (Getting Things Done) and productivity has seen all kinds. Let me recommend CARROT. The best way to describe this iOS app would be to call it a productivity app with a... Read More . 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 Finally…

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.

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  1. John Williams
    March 31, 2015 at 12:38 am

    I assume this road trip is on the back roads of Route 66 and not 3000 miles of Interstate? If so, I hope they put a Streetview camera on top or at least a Russian dash cam so we can watch all the near misses as people try to run it off the road or T-bone it at 4 way stop signs ....

    The plural of Lego is Lego or Lego bricks. In Danish it is "Playwell" which is why you don't say "playwells". The Legosaurus is pretty cool though.

    Many old XP systems are doing one thing, running one program, built into huge systems that are not connected to anything that will threaten them. XP is only dangerous to use when it is on the internet with open sockets.

    My £250k Swiss audio mixer at work is 15 years old and runs Windows NT. It has no internet connection, runs fine. There are probably hundreds of thousands of NT and XP boxes running single programs for industrial process control around the world. They may even be on SP1 and have never had an update since 2004. The airport screens example is a closed system, networked only to itself. It only works the screens. There is a monster Sun Systems Unix rack doing the gruntwork behind it. And your plane is not going to fall out of the sky because the arrivals display board goes down.

    • Justin Pot
      March 31, 2015 at 2:16 pm

      I know about the Lego/Legos things, DaveP and I fight about this often. This is usually his column, but I picked it up for a couple days while he was on vacation. I couldn't resist an excuse to insert my preferred spelling into the column. Basically, I spelled that wrong on purpose just to upset Dave, and no one noticed it until now.

  2. Jordan
    March 24, 2015 at 1:12 am

    "Some Businesses Are Sticking With Windows XP, And It’s Hurting Intel"

    Because I fix Windows PCs all the time I thought I might correct that is NOT Windows XP.
    That Restart notification is from an Windows OS that is Windows Vista and above NOT XP.
    XP Restart notification just asks you to click Yes or No with no postpone timer.
    Just thought I might provide some constructive feedback.

    • Justin Pot
      March 24, 2015 at 3:08 pm

      You're right, I should have caught that! Oops.

  3. Sam
    March 23, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    That's a fine "and finally" to make up for last week. Well played!

    Intel, if you want to sell more CPUs (at least for desktop), release one that is actually faster! Don't confine significant gains to the integrated graphics and deliver single digit percentage gains on everything else. Give people something worth upgrading to. If you don't, AMD will.

  4. Deere
    March 23, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    > Finding the Most Bigoted Pages on Reddit

    ...for God's sake, MakeUseOf, WHY? Seriously, what purpose, why here?

  5. dragonmouth
    March 23, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    "The Most Bigoted Subreddits, by the Numbers"
    Is there a list of the Most Politically Correct subreddits?

    "Robot Road Trip! Self Driving Car Will Cross the USA"
    One robot car driving across America supposedly on its own is nothing more than an experiment and a stunt. It will be nothing more than a proof of concept curiosity. Let's wait and see until there are millions of self-driving cars on the road before declaring them the Next Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread.

    " Lots of people love Windows XP, but from a security point of view it’s not a good idea to keep using it."
    It never was a good idea from a security point of view to use Windows (XP or any other version). The people who insist on still using XP are aware of its insecurity and have in-house developed security installed. The fact that Microsoft no longer provides updates for XP is a blessing in disguise. Security holes in XP will no longer present a moving target. They can now be reliably programmed for.