Facebook fires trending team, and algorithm without humans goes crazy

“Facebook announced late Friday that it had eliminated jobs in its trending module, the part of its news division where staff curated popular news for Facebook users. Over the weekend, the fully automated Facebook trending module pushed out a false story about Fox News host Megyn Kelly, a controversial piece about a comedian’s four-letter word attack on rightwing pundit Ann Coulter, and links to an article about a video of a man masturbating with a McDonald’s chicken sandwich.”

Early 2016 PC Build for VR

Here’s the parts list for the PC I built to play upcoming VR experiences. This is a bit overkill, but will provide some future-proofing. I’ve listed some cheaper options. Links are Amazon affiliate links.

NZXT S340 Mid Tower Case (White)

Cheaper option: Any ATX case should do, but this one is nicer looking than most and easy to work in.

EVGA 850 G2 80+ GOLD, 850W Modular Power Supply

Cheaper option: A 750W supply would probably be fine, as would a less-efficient Bronze-rated.

ASUS Z170-A ATX DDR4 Motherboard

Cheaper option: Any Z170 chipset, LGA 1151 socketed board from a reputable manufacturer should do.

Intel Boxed Core I7-6700K 4.00 GHz

Cheaper option: An i5 would be sufficient.

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler (4 heat pipes)

Cheaper option: I don’t think I’d spend much less on a cooler.

Crucial 16GB Kit (8GBx2) DDR4 2133 Non-ECC RAM

Cheaper option: For now, 8 GB of RAM would get you by. Buy a well-known brand.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 GPU (I already had an NVIDIA-branded GTX 980 around the house, so this isn’t the exact card I used)

Cheaper option: GTX 970 or equivalent; the minimum requirement for first generation VR setups.

Samsung 850 EVO 1 TB 2.5-Inch SATA III SSD

Cheaper option: Lower capacity SSD for OS + traditional HD for storage. Or just an HD.

TP-LINK Archer T8E WiFi Adapter

Cheaper option: Skip WiFi and use ethernet.

Windows 10 on USB stick

– Any keyboard and mouse of your choice. I’ve been quite happy with my WASD mechanical keyboard with brown switches and this simple SteelSeries mouse.

This very expensive juicer can connect to Wi-Fi but can’t actually juice your produce

“The founder of Organic Avenue, a now-bankrupt restaurant chain that sold stale wraps and overpriced juices, is launching a $699 Wi-Fi connected juicer that can’t actually juice produce you’ve brought home from the store. Instead, the company, called Juicero, wants you to buy its prepackaged, pre-chopped produce, have it delivered to your home, and then insert its proprietary produce-packs into the juicer to create juice. This is supposed to be more convenient.”

Apple exec says using a 5-year-old PC is 'sad'

“Five years might be a long time for Apple, a company that releases new devices all the time, but for many people, a five-year-old device can still serve their needs. In fact, older, cheaper computers can be a lifeline to the Internet for individuals who can’t afford to pay for new mobile devices and laptops.”