Sorry, Your Dog Hates Hugs

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We’ve all had moments when we needed a hug from a dog. Maybe it’s a stressful finals week or maybe you’re getting over a breakup, but the dog is key. Unfortunately, the dog doesn’t feel the same way about you. So says a recent article in Psychology Today.

According to author Stanley Coren, a psychology professor at the University of British Columbia who often writes about dogs, that’s because dogs are cursorial animals. They’re designed to run quickly either to prey or away from a threat.

“Behaviorists believe that depriving a dog of that course of action by immobilizing him with a hug can increase his stress level and, if the dog’s anxiety becomes significantly intense, he may bite,” Coren writes.

Coren studied 250 random photographs of dogs and found some disturbing results.

“In all, 81.6% of the photographs researchers scored showed dogs who were giving off at least one sign of discomfort, stress, or anxiety,” Coren writes. “Only 7.6% of the photographs could rate as showing dogs that were comfortable with being hugged. The remaining 10.8% of the dogs either were showing neutral or ambiguous responses to this form of physical contact.”

Anecdotally, this seems true. Dogs generally want to do their own thing. Although sometimes when you’re trying to work on your laptop, the dog will come and sit on you which makes it very difficult to trypijepae type.

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5 Sites to Copy-Paste Emojis, Text Faces, Emoticons, & More


Ever wondered how those people on your Twitter timeline type things like this? From the humble:), the emoticon has come a long way in 30 years. But while it’s easy to remember how to type that smiley face, you’d be hard-pressed to type out the “shruggie” even if you brought up the character map. Don’t worry though, there’s an easier way to do this. Much like with anything else on the Internet, there are handy cheat sheets to type text faces, emoticons, emojis, Japanese kawai faces, and more. CopyShrug (Web): Just Copy-Paste the Shruggie and Stop Caring It’s one…

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Esports league bans porn site-sponsored team

Today I learned that porn site YouPorn has its own eSports team. Unfortunately for the site, I also learned that the Electronic Sports League (ESL) has decided that Team YP can’t compete in its eSport events, which include Street Fighter 5, Counter Strike and Starcraft. ESL told VentureBeat that "advertising pornography is not legal in the markets we operate in, and the vast majority of partners we’re working with have strict ‘no drugs, no alcohol, no pornography’ rules that we’ve contractually taken on board."
"These aren’t new rules but ones that have been in our rulebooks for a long time. We have spoken to Team YP manager earlier this year, and in that conversation we’ve explained the situation and rules in detail and offered to look for potential alternatives in a bigger group. At the same time, we’re consulting with our legal teams about this."

As Kotaku notes, eSports fans are mostly supportive of Team YP — and it’s not the only team with sketchy roots. G2A, which resells Steam keys, is a regular sponsor of ESL teams and events. And then there’s the gambling sites. It’s another bump in the road for a sport that’s still growing up — regardless of whether its viewers are old enough to watch pornography.

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Source: VentureBeat

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Tough sell: Why publisher ‘turn-off-your-ad-blocker’ messages are so polite

Publishers are facing a challenge that many readers don’t understand (or care about) the ad-supported economic model for the content they read, and thus installed ad blockers. In response, many publishers are imploring site visitors to turn off ad blockers by sending them pop-ups. In order to persuade readers to take action, many think that publishers should be honest in their messaging, keep it simple and remind readers that the content they are trying to access is not free.

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New Security Flaw Lets Hackers Run Any App On Windows

What you think, Windows computers are safe from malware? A new security flaw was discovered which allows the hackers to install whatever app they want without the administrator rights or even modifying the registry. New Security Flaw Lets Hackers Run Any App On Windows The Applocker feature is undoubtedly helpful for the companies who are

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Honest Short Film Exposes the Lies People Tell on Social Media

Honest Short Film Exposes the Lies People Tell on Social Media

Everybody lies. We can’t help it. We exaggerate details to seem more fun, we highlight specifics to get more sympathy, and we fish for other people’s reactions to make us feel better. And with the social media handcuff we lock onto ourselves everyday with our phone addiction, we lie even more on the Internet to cull for likes and hearts and thumbs ups. Reality isn’t real anymore but a highly curated photo feed of who we want to pretend to be.

This short film called A Social Life from Kerith Lemon shows a girl whose life online doesn’t match her life in real life at all. Lemon writes:

A Social Life is a short film about a career driven woman named Meredith who’s living the life she’s always dreamed of… online. Meredith strives to live a balanced life: staying fit, working hard and connecting with her friends; she is creating her “image” within her broader social media friend base. But she awakes one day and realizes that her reflection is merely the collection of photos that she has shared with others. Is this her life? Or just a carefully curated brand?

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