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YouTuber Takes on Scammers Who Target the Elderly

Scumbag scammers meet someone more annoying than they are...

YouTube prankster Jack Vale strikes back at some scumbag scammers. The ruse is simple, and one many of us have been exposed to at some point. A popup appears on your computer claiming you have a virus. Simply call the number listed to quickly resolve this dangerous security issue! It just takes granting the strangers on the other end of the phone remote access to your computer and your credit card details – but that’s not too much to ask, right? Check out Vale’s humorous approach in dealing with these guys.

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“Brain Training” Won’t Make You Smarter, Just Poorer

A superteam of scientists take on the self-help industry’s newest darling.

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Bad news for dimbulbs: A piece in Scientific American this morning highlights a statement from 70 leading cognitive psychologists and neuroscientists refuting the notion that “fluid intelligence”—our ability to solve novel problems through logic—can be improved with games or “brain training” exercises. These fad programs approach the mind like a muscle, and theorize that repeating individual cognitive activities will result in stronger function in the same way that physical exercise strengthens the body. Through companies like Lumosity and BrainHQ, Americans spent more than a billion dollars this year trying to beef up their brainpower, but the statement, issued by Stanford University and the Berlin Max Planck Institute for Human Development, makes a pretty strong case that trying to boost one’s IQ is a waste of time:

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Read Between the Lines: Not All Crowdfunding Projects are Meant to Be

As someone who curates crowdfunding projects weekly for GOOD.is, I'm wary of the legitimacy of every project I consider. Not all projects aim...

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As someone who curates crowdfunding projects weekly for GOOD.is, I'm wary of the legitimacy of every project I consider. Not all projects aim to do good or are meant to, so it's important to research them and read between the lines to make funding decisions you can believe in.

Some projects don't even deliver the rewards they claim to promise, or don't end up achieving their goals. According to a CNNMoney investigation last year, "84 percent of Kickstarter projects don't ship on time. In other cases, products have failed to materialize after creators promised more than they could deliver."

Ken Hoinsky's book project on Kickstarter, Above the Game: A Guide to Getting Awesome with Women, was a little different. It was marketed as a "Dating Guide," but when blogger Casey Malone dug further on Seddit, he discovered Hoinsky's "advice" was misogynistic. "Don't ask for permission, GRAB HER HAND, and put it right on your dick" and "Force her to rebuff your advances" are just two outrageous directives from the author. \n
After the project raised more than $15,000, DoSomething.org got 50,000-plus signatures to take the project down, and now Kickstarter has responded by donating $25,000 to anti-sexual violence program, RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network). And, according to the site, to avoid future similar issues, they're banning "seduction guides."

But does Kickstarter's response even solve the bigger problem and did they have to do anything beyond removing the project?
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It's not our place to say what should be on someone's site, but Kickstarter's Terms of Use state:
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