Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age review: Reinforced for reexamination

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Final Fantasy XII has always been a bit of an oddball within the long-running series. Its real-time combat smacks of an MMO, like FFXI and FFXIV, but it’s still a single-player adventure centered around a core party of characters. Throw in a Gambit system that lets players “program” party behavior and a story more about political intrigue than gods or monsters, and XII just might be the weirdest main game in its franchise—at least compared to what passes for normal in Final Fantasy.

None of this changes the fact that FFXII is also a damn good JRPG. That fact might have been overshadowed by its eccentricities since the PlayStation 2 era. So it’s nice that publisher Square Enix is releasing a superior version of the game (itself based on a superior version that never came out in North America) in the form of Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age.

International at last

If The Zodiac Age sounds familiar, it’s because Square also released Final Fantasy XII International Zodiac Job System in 2007 in Japan (and only Japan; so much “for International”). That’s the version this latest remake is based on. It allows Western PlayStation 4 owners to finally enjoy Zodiac‘s many improvements over the baseline XII experience and a grip of new goodies that makes the game even more enjoyable.

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The 11 best ‘Game of Thrones’ quotes so far

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The INSIDER Summary 

  • We picked our favorite quotes from the characters on the hit HBO Television series, “Game of Thrones.” Characters such as Daenerys Targaryen, Jon Snow, Tyrion Lannister, Petyr Baelish and Cersei Lannister have delivered some of the best lines on the show.  
  • “Game of Thrones” has featured many shocking moments including the season 6 finale, the Battle of the Bastards, and the infamous Red Wedding. The best moments  are often filled with changing alliances and brilliant political maneuvers.  
  • Season 7 airs on July 16, 2017 and is gearing up to be the most dramatic and breathtaking season yet!

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Nokia ‘Regrets’ Withings Health App Backlash

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Nokia says it is “regrettable” that problems with its Health Mate fitness-tracking app have frustrated users. From a report: Nokia took over health tech firm Withings in 2016 and recently replaced the Withings Health Mate app with a Nokia-branded version. Health Mate has been downloaded more than one million times from app stores. But many users have left one-star reviews, saying the new app removed popular features from the Withings version and had technical issues. The company told the BBC an update would “integrate missing features.” Before being taken over by Nokia, Withings made internet-connected health products such as weighing scales and air quality monitors, which provided data for the Health Mate app.

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Gilles Muller upsets Rafael Nadal in longest match of this year’s Wimbledon in marathon that featured 28-game fifth set

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16th-ranked Gilles Muller upset fourth-ranked Rafael Nadal in Wimbledon on Monday in the longest match of the tournament this year.

The 34-year-old Muller of Luxembourg went up two sets on Nadal before Nadal clawed back to force a fifth set.

The fifth and final set was a marathon, with Muller and Nadal going back and forth for over an hour, with Muller eventually pulling it out, 15-13. In total, the match lasted four hours and 47 minutes.

In the final set, both players held serve, with Muller at several times getting to match point, only to have a feisty Nadal stave off elimination. While Muller hit big shots with his left hand, he also was suffered from several unforced errors while Nadal hit several dazzling returns, much to the delight of the Nadal-tilted crowd.

After the match, Muller said, “I feel tired! It was a long match … When I had these last two match points I just thought, give it a shot. It’s a great feeling winning that match. I haven’t really realized what just happened to be honest.”

Here was the match-winning point:

Muller will now take on Marin Cilic in the quarterfinals. 

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‘Game of Thrones’ star Maisie Williams slams Hollywood for sexualizing young actresses

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The INSIDER Summary:

  • Maisie Williams called out Hollywood for its sexualization of young women.
  • She plays Arya Stark on “Game of Thrones.”
  • Williams was only 12 when she was cast on the show and said she suffered a loss of confidence over the years. 

Maisie Williams is tired of young women being sexualized in Hollywood. 

The 20-year-old “Game of Thrones” star criticized the film and TV industry for its sexualization of young women in an interview with the UK’s Sunday Times Style.

Williams was only 12 years old when she was cast as Arya Stark on the HBO show. Since making her acting debut, she’s appeared on other series including “Doctor Who.” The actress said she counts herself lucky for having been cast as characters who “aren’t necessarily the eye candy” throughout her career.

“It’s hard for young actresses who still feel like scrappy teenagers but are sort of forced to play characters who are a lot more mature, because, you know, ‘young sexy woman’ really sells in Hollywood,” she said.

As “Game of Thrones” returns for its seventh season, she told Sunday Times Style that pressure caused her confidence to waver.

“At 12, I was fearless and didn’t care, so I really enjoyed it. But then, as each season passed, the pressure built and it became a little destructive,” she said. “Everyone goes through that dip in confidence. That also came with puberty. It all fizzled out a bit, and I lost my confidence and now I’m slowly starting to get it back again.”

“Game of Thrones” returns July 16 on HBO.

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The fascinating life of Nikola Tesla, the genius who electrified the world and dreamed up death rays

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July 10 is the birthday of Nikola Tesla, who would have been 161 years old today.

It’s a good day to celebrate the life of the Serbian-American engineer and physicist: Without Tesla, you might not be able to affordably power your home, let alone read this sentence.

Tesla filed more than 300 patents during his 86 years of life, and his inventions helped pave the way for alternating current (AC), electric motors, radios, fluorescent lights, lasers, and remote controls, among many other things.

Some of his ideas later in life, however, seem strange even now. He once described plans for a death ray, for example, and eluded to another idea for an impenetrable “wall of force” to block and destroy foreign invasions.

Here’s a glimpse into the remarkable life of one of history’s most important — and eccentric — geniuses.

Tanya Lewis wrote a previous version of this story.

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Nikola Tesla was born on July 10, 1856 in Smiljan in the Austo-Hungarian Empire (modern-day Croatia).

His father, Milutin Tesla, was a Serbian Orthodox Priest and his mother, Djuka Mandic, was an inventor of household appliances.

Source: Tesla Society

In college, Tesla was initially interested in studying physics and mathematics, but soon became fascinated by electricity.

He attended the Realschule, Karlstadt in 1873, the Polytechnic Institute in Graz, Austria and the University of Prague. He took a job as an electrical engineer at a telephone company in Budapest in 1881.

Source: Tesla Society

He developed the concept of an induction motor while walking in a park with a friend.

Later, while he was in Strasbourg, France in 1883, he built a prototype of the induction motor (an AC motor powered by electromagnetic induction) and tested it successfully. Since he couldn’t get anyone in Europe interested in it, Tesla came to the United States to work for Thomas Edison in New York.

Source: Tesla Society

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The founder of a $5 billion hedge fund just kicked off a summer music tour

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Pete Muller, the founder of $5 billion hedge fund PDT Partners, kicked off a summer tour across Europe with a performance Thursday, July 6, in New York.

You might remember Muller from his concert last year during which he performed a song about a divorced hedge fund billionaire named Ken who had recently rejoined the dating scene. Thursday’s event, at Manhattan’s Cutting Room, was a decidedly more muted affair.

Muller played songs from his repertoire, such as “Almost” – a “Pete Muller classic,” according to a PDT staffer.

The band was also big on covers, such as Gotye’s “Somebody that I used to know” and The Rolling Stones’ “Wild Horses.”

The crowd included Two Sigma cofounder John Overdeck, staff from PDT Partners and Goldman Sachs, Muller’s family and Muller’s PR contact, Jonathan Gasthalter.

The concert kicks off Muller’s summer tour – he’s planning five gigs and four countries in 12 days later this month – with stops at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the Jazz Open in Stuttgart, Germany, and Un Lago de Conciertos in Valencia, Spain.

Pete Muller concertMuller, a quirky math whiz who founded the PDT unit at Morgan Stanley in the 1990s, has said that he’s always loved music but had to give it up in the early part of his career. 

“I became enormously successful, but I wasn’t as happy or fulfilled,” Muller previously told Business Insider.

By 1999, he needed a break and went on sabbatical, traveling the world and playing music in the New York subway.  Music has played a major role in balancing his career ever since. He eventually went back to PDT and spun out the unit in 2012.

The July 6 event raised $16,000 for MoMath, the National Museum of Mathematics.

“I’m psyched that we did it with a sold-out show,” Muller said.  

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Walmart is getting crushed ahead of Prime Day (WMT, AMZN)

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Amazon’s big annual Prime Day sale starts after the closing bell on Monday, and Walmart investors are quaking in their boots.

Shares of Walmart have fallen 2.35% on Monday ahead of Amazon’s in-house holiday. The online giant is set to pull in $1 billion during the 30-hour sale.

Walmart has been trying to beef up its online retail business recently. It bought Jet.com last year and has been buying up small fashion retailers in an attempt to spur online orders. It’s been a successful strategy so far, but hasn’t succeeded in putting Walmart on the same level as Amazon.

As shares of Walmart fell, Amazon was gaining. Amazon was up 1.81% on Monday, and just a few dollars short of the $1000 per share milestone.

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At Least $1.48 Billion in VC Funding Has Gone Up in Smoke This Year as the List of Dead Startups Grows

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An anonymous reader shares a report: We’re halfway through 2017 and already a group of startups that together raised $1.48 billion have shut down. Some of these startups are: Beepi, the website that brought together car buyers and used-car sellers, shuttered in February. Quixey, a mobile search engine that was able to crawl apps, laid off most of its staff at the end of February. Yik Yak — the anonymous social media app that was at the center of several college harassment scandals — announced its closure on April 28, after struggling to keep users on its platform. Maple, a New York City-based food delivery service, closed down on May 8. Sprig, a San Francisco-centric service that delivered high-quality meals on demand, made its last delivery on May 26. Hello was the company behind the Sense sleep tracking sensor, which was designed to sit in users’ rooms, rather than on their wrists. It closed in June after failing to find a buyer. Jawbone was a pioneer in wearable devices, with a focus on fitness trackers and portable speakers, but it struggled to pay its vendors.

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The one thing you should never do when you’re angry at someone

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The INSIDER Summary:

  • Being mad at someone is no excuse for insults. 
  • You should lay down ground rules for yourself that will prevent you from hitting below the belt with your comments. 
  • If you feel you can’t get that, you should consider seeking help. 

When you’re angry, you probably don’t act like yourself, and that’s completely natural. After all, when you’re upset, your brain is wired to act out before the rational parts can catch up. So if you’re ever mad at someone and feel as though you have a little cartoon man controlling your emotions, you’re not too far off.

This, however, doesn’t mean you should have free reign to do whatever you want. 

There are obviously some horrible things you should never, ever do when you’re angry. These include anything physically abusive, mentally abusive, manipulative, and/or threatening. If you or someone you love are exhibiting these behaviors, you should seek help. 

But a lot of people tend to employ more common yet still hurtful behaviors when they’re angry, and it can really escalate an argument. 

If you care about the person you’re mad at, you should lay down a ground rule that you won’t insult them with below-the-belt comments. 

This means that even if your brain is telling you to lob an insult, you should ignore it. 

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Saying things like ‘you suck in bed’ or ‘the only reason I started dating you was that I felt sorry for you,’ or ‘no one would ever marry you, you’re too (fill in the blank),” psychologist Vijayeta Sinh owner of NYC Family Therapy, told INSIDER. “Because these shots at others’ dignity and self-confidence can have a lasting impact on how they feel about you but also how they feel about themselves.”

These types of comments mark a change in your relationship. If you don’t mean them, you’ll never get to truly take it back. Even if you did mean it, a screaming match isn’t exactly the best way to air your grievances with someone.  

Once you use this type of tactic during an argument, that person will forever know that you’re the type of person who will go after them with harsh words, Sinh said.

It erodes trust in a relationship when the other person knows you’re willing to kick them where it hurts,” she said.   

If you’re feeling overwhelmed with anger and feel like you might say something too harsh or something you’ll regret, take a step back and try to de-escalate the situation. If you don’t think you can do that, it’s better to walk away for a bit than to make a fatal error.

This is also good advice if you do mess up and hit below the belt, Rashawn Brewster, a marriage and family therapist intern and relationship consultant, told INSIDER. You may have an instinct to stay and try to make things better, but that distance is what you’ll both need to help clear the air. 

“When boxers fight and one ‘accidentally’ hits the other below the belt, the ref steps in and gives the fighter a moment to catch his or her composure,” he said. “When your argument begins to get heated and one of you takes a cheap shot, recognize it and ask for a few moments to regroup. Take a walk, read a book or whatever works for you, but don’t continue the argument until you’ve had a moment to recover from the blow.”

If you or your partner or friend can’t stop taking potshots when upset, it may be time to end the relationship or seek professional help. 

“Seek help and guidance from professionals who know how to give you strategic advice that will help you learn how to fight more effectively,” Brewster said. “When fighters get knocked down or can’t figure out what to do next during the fight, they go to their trainer during a break and they get advice that will help them experience more success in the next rounds. You know that there will always be more rounds. The question is, will you leave the fight with your hands up in victory or with your head bowed in defeat.” 

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Locals reveal why tourists should not visit their countries

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The INSIDER Summary:

  • A Quora thread asked locals about reasons why people shouldn’t visit their countries.
  • Norwegians say that the people there are not very friendly.
  • In Australia, everything from the animals to the sun is trying to kill you.

Generally, people like to brag about how their hometowns and countries are the best.

However, a recent Quora thread urged people for some real talk, asking “Why should I not visit your country?”

Here are some reasons that might make you want to think twice about your next vacation.

Norwegians say that they aren’t very friendly

Norwegians are aloof

According to Petter Brenna Rian, “Don’t visit if you expect to befriend lots of Norwegians. They tend to be quite aloof and cold. We have a saying in Norway: ‘If a stranger smiles at you on the street, he or she is either a crazy person or American.’ Norwegians only talk to people they know (unless they’re drunk).”

Norway is pricey

Rian also says that in Norway, “Everything is expensive.” He cites the “Big Mac Index,” according to which a Big Mac in Norway costs $5.67, making it the second most expensive Big Mac in the world. According to him, “Unless you’re the 1%, Norway will annihilate your wallet.”

The weather sucks

“If you like sunny and warm weather, Norway is not for you,” Rian says. “During winter it’s cold, snowy, and dark. And, there have been summers with continuous rain. Bergen is known for massive amounts of rain. In 2015, it rained on 279 out of 365 days!”

The animals and environment in Australia is trying to kill you

Most animals are trying to kill you

Taylee Rowlingson and Jessica Brinley say to forget cute koalas and kangaroos (which can both be dangerous themselves), and warn about dingos, poisonous frogs, poisonous snakes, sharks, and crocodiles, as well as many other local animals that could end your life.  

If animals don’t kill you, there’s the sun, thirst, and risk of getting stranded

Eric Worrall agrees, saying that “People don’t appreciate how dangerous it is. The people are nice (mostly), but even aside from sun and thirst, and the risk of getting stranded if you go on a long drive into the outback, many of the world’s most dangerous poisonous species live here — Australia is like nowhere else. From the age of 4 Australian kids are indoctrinated in how to survive — how to deal with snakebite, tick bite, mosquito diseases, bad water, crocodiles (depending on where you live).”

 

The US is really expensive for foreign travelers

Transportation is overpriced

Sam Amato warns that travel to the US, as well as within it, is extremely expensive for foreigners (as well as locals). “Transportation between American cities can be ridiculously expensive, especially considering how cheap flights are between cities in Asia, and cities in Europe can be,” he said, adding that hostels, meals, etc. are generally also pricey.

Americans can be ignorant

Amato says, “My last reason why you shouldn’t visit the US, is the American ignorance of the outside world. A lot of Americans simply do not keep up on what’s going on around the world. Our news stations, and papers are generally dominated by local and national news. Geography is not a subject well known by most Americans. According to the Department of State, only about one third of Americans have passports. I have friends that were unaware that Africa has cities with skyscrapers, metro systems, and shopping malls.” 

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Judge rules Johnny Depp’s outrageous spending habits aren’t relevant in his legal battle with ex-managers

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A Los Angeles judge has ruled that Johnny Depp’s outrageous spending, which at one time totaled up to $2 million a month, isn’t relevant in the current legal battle he has with his ex-business mangers. 

According to Deadline, L.A. superior court judge Teresa Beaudet found that The Management Group (TMG) — which counter-sued Depp after the actor sued its principals Joel and Robert Mandel for allegedly collecting millions in fees without his consent in January — failed to connect how Depp’s spending relates to the money the actor allegedly still owes the company.

“The pages of allegations of Depp’s allegedly outrageous spending clearly have no relevance to the 5% commission allegedly owed TMG from the ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean’ payout, or to the final work done by TMG on transitioning their files to Depp’s new representatives,” Judge Beaudet wrote.

However, the fraud claim against Depp still stands. TMG alleged that its employees aided in Depp’s transition to a new business manager because it was told repeatedly it would be paid for the work.

“TMG alleged that Cross-Defendants never intended to abide by their promises and TMG reasonably relied on the alleged false promises by doing the 386 hours of work during those last two weeks of March,” Beaudet wrote. “TMG has sufficiently alleged the elements of an action for promissory fraud with sufficient specificity.”

The case will go before a jury on January 24 next year.

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Immersive video is part of the future of digital advertising

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The digital ad space is murky, and it’s becoming increasingly clear that users aren’t seeing as many ads thanks to ad-blocking technology.

And even when they do see ads, more than 60% of users say they find them annoying and intrusive.

Furthermore, people have been shifting to mobile as their primary media consumption device in the last three years, while ad spend lagged. In short, the industry is reactive rather than proactive. As a result, U.S. digital ad revenue has become Google and Facebook, followed by everyone else.

But immersive video through virtual and augmented reality could change all that.

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At this year’s IGNITION, Dylan Mortensen, senior research analyst for BI Intelligence, Business Insider’s premium research service, presented You Missed Mobile – Don’t Miss Immersive Video, which describes how new financial technology is disrupting relationships with consumers, regulators, and legacy players.

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8 months after winning the World Series, the Chicago Cubs are a bewildering mess

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Jon Lester’s 19th start of the year began uneventfully enough: a line drive single to center field, followed by a 6-3 fielder’s choice to nab the next batter. Less than an hour later, the lefty was done for the day, failing to get out of the first inning for the first time in his career.

That was the scene on Sunday, when the Chicago Cubs hosted the Pittsburgh Pirates for their final game before the MLB All-Star break. Lester had more than enough opportunities to right the ship, but after 12 batters faced, two home runs and a whopping 10 runs surrendered, the 33-year-old veteran was pulled in favor of fellow southpaw Mike Montgomery.

Montgomery and the other Chicago relievers who took the mound, Dylan Floro and Eddie Butler, weren’t nearly as bad, but the damage was already done. The Cubs lost to their division rivals by a score of 14-3, falling to an uninspiring 43-45 on the season.

They now sit 5.5 games adrift of the Milwaukee Brewers in the race for the National League Central. What’s more, they’re well off of their pace from last year, when they won 107 games in addition to the franchise’s first World Series title in 108 years.

With a solid core of young hitters and an experienced rotation, the Cubs appeared to be set up for long term success and were a popular pick to go back-to-back at the start of the season. However, far too many essential players have either underachieved or been injured, and many suggest that fatigue is the culprit.

“It seems to me like they’re worn out,” said ESPN baseball writer Jerry Crasnick. “You go through what they went through last year…think of all the attention and the pressure and the talk…It just shows it’s hard to repeat.”

Because of their deep playoff run, several Cubs pitchers were asked to shoulder especially heavy loads last fall. Lester, for example, pitched over 35 postseason innings, giving him a total of 238.1 for the entire year. Perhaps unsurprisingly, he’s been a different pitcher this year — his ERA has ballooned by nearly two full runs, while his home run rate is the highest it’s been in a decade.

Look elsewhere in the rotation, and the story is similar. Kyle Hendricks and John Lackey are currently on the disabled list. 2015 Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta, like Lester, is having his least effective campaign in years. All have struggled with their velocity this season.

The lineup still features some big pieces — perennial MVP candidates Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo are still hitting — but the Cubs have had their share of disappointing performances at the plate too. Taking park effects into account, Jason Heyward, Kyle Schwarber, Addison Russell and Ben Zobrist have all been well below average this year, weakening a lineup that used to be one of baseball’s deepest.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, the Cubs continue to run into patches of bad publicity. Last month, veteran catcher Miguel Montero criticized Arrieta for his slow delivery, resulting in his dismissal from the team. When the All-Star Game rosters were announced last week, the 2016 Cubs became the first World Series winner ever to not have a single player represented in the following season’s Midsummer Classic.

But even with all their struggles, there is hope for Chicago. The NL Central is one of MLB’s weakest divisions, and besides, manager Joe Maddon hasn’t lost faith in his team yet.

“I’m very pleased with where we’re at right now,” he said over the weekend. “We have gone through a lot of different moments already this season regarding injuries, etc., and we’ve held our heads up pretty good.”

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The far right is floating conspiracy theories about a CNN reporter who profiled a pro-Trump Reddit user

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  • andrew kaczynskiSeveral far-right personalities online have fueled conspiracy theories about CNN reporter Andrew Kaczynski, who profiled the Reddit user “HanAssholeSolo” whose WWE meme was tweeted by President Donald Trump.
  • Critics of CNN have shared the stories, which have numerous factual inaccuracies about Kaczynski’s reporting and social media activity.
  • CNN has pushed back against some of the reports.

The far right is escalating its war on the CNN reporter whose profile of a pro-Trump Reddit user sparked swift backlash.

A number of fake or misleading stories about Andrew Kaczynski, who has been accused of blackmailing the Reddit user he profiled, have surfaced on far-right blogs and social media in the last week.

Kaczynski’s July 4 about Reddit user “HanAssholeSolo” described the user’s history, including his sharing of anti-Semitic memes. The story said CNN would withhold publishing his name and that the user was “not going to repeat this ugly behavior on social media again.”

“In addition, he said his statement could serve as an example to others not to do the same,” Kaczynski’s story said. “CNN reserves the right to publish his identity should any of that change.”

BuzzFeed and Gizmodo both reported that the line was not written by Kaczynski, but rather added in later by a member of CNN’s standards division.

Nonetheless, Kaczynski has become a prime target of vitriol. Activists have threatened to protest outside his house, and have revealed some of his family members’ personal information.

Last Wednesday, far-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos published a story claiming that Kaczynski “once drove a man to suicide,” saying that Brown University student Sunil Tripathi, who was mistakenly identified as a potential suspect of the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing, committed suicide because he was mistakenly identified as a suspect, in part because of Kacynzki’s social media activity.

In the days after the bombing, Reddit users mistakenly identified Tripathi — who was missing at the time — as a suspect in the bombing. This led to a cascading series of events: Following a post on Reddit identifying Tripathi, a Twitter user said a Boston Police Department scanner identified Tripathi as a suspect.

This was shared by a local television reporter, which Kaczynski picked up, tweeting: “Wow Reddit was right about the missing Brown student per the police scanner. Suspect identified as Sunil Tripathi.”

Timelines of the incident consider Kaczynski’s tweet, which went out to his then-over 80,000 followers, to be one of the first of a series that momentarily seemed to legitimize the theory, which was disproven by the FBI shortly thereafter.

But Yiannopoulos’ story makes no mention of the fact that Tripathi, who suffered from depression, had died a month before the bombing. Thus while Kaczynski was one of the higher-profile journalists who ran with false information, his error didn’t lead to Tripathi’s death. (Kaczynski deleted the tweets shortly after the incident.)

That story wasn’t the only misinformation proliferated by the far right that gained traction last week.

On Friday, Media Equalizer, a blog that aspires to be a conservative response to Media Matters, accused Kaczynski of using “a phishing tactic to gather private information” of people who received his emails.

The blog claimed that because Kaczynski used MailTrack, a Google Chrome extension that informs users whether an email has been opened and read, he was attempting to “plant foreign web bugs into personal emails, a common phishing tactic used to determine IP address, location, and other identifying information.”

“At one point, he attempts to sneak a web bug into the conversation, with the apparent goal of luring the recipient into clicking the link. Doing so would give Kaczynski the IP address, location, and other metadata included in the email recipient’s account,” author Jeff Reynolds wrote.

Far-right provocateurs Mike Cernovich and Jack Posobiec picked up the thread.

Though email tracking is a common tool used by email sales and marketing services, some critics feel that the practice raises email privacy questions. Politico’s media columnist Jack Shafer ruminated on Twitter on Friday about whether it’s ethical for people to track emails.

But according to MailTrack’s support page, since the end of 2013, “MailTrack does not disclose the information of device and geographical localization for Gmail’s recipients.”

“MailTrack’s user interface does not show the location or IP address of the recipient,” MailTrack co-founder Eduardo Manchon said in an email. “There is no way you can use MailTrack for phishing attacks or to find out the identity of the recipient of an email, or the recipient’s IP address.”

Further, the “web bug” Reynolds refers to is a MailTrack feature that is a simple alert as to whether the user has clicked a hyperlink that Kaczynski included in his email. According to MailTrack’s support page, this does not actually track the IP address, location, and other metadata Media Equalizer claimed the service collected.

The post provoked broad condemnation from CNN.

CNN’s vice president of communications, Matt Dornic, threatened possible legal action against the site and criticized Posobiec, who then argued without evidence that the website’s support page did not contain “unbiased facts.”

Media Equalizer cofounder Brian Maloney defended the article, saying that some Twitter users claimed that they could in fact reveal users IP addresses, but that the argument was “beside the point now” and the interpretation of the article was “left up to the reader to decide if he’s up to no good or not.”

“He has enough tools at his disposal to get this information, and he’s a pro at this,” Maloney said. “But to us, it’s about CNN’s response to a story that would’ve faded into the weekend. It’s about their heavy-handedness.”

In a series of emails posted by the site itself, Kaczynski asked Media Equalizer to correct the story, saying that MailTrack does not share identifying information.

“What you wrote is not true and is inflaming people who are threatening me and my family,” Kaczynski said. “Mailtrack.io does not tell ip address or location. You need to correct this as soon as possible.”

But this just bred more conspiracy theories about Kaczynski.

When a user on Medium said the service has not recorded any location services since 2013, Media Equalizer cofounder Melanie Morgan, a right-wing radio host who claims she is a close friend of Fox News’ Sean Hannity, proposed a broader conspiracy.

Confronted with facts in the Medium post, Morgan proposed that the post wasn’t written by author Ali Fleih, but instead was written by Kaczynski himself.

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New York’s commuters are in for a ‘summer of hell’ — and its effects could be longer-term than people think

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New York City summer of hell public transit subway rider

The long-brewing “summer of hell” has kicked off in the New York metro area.

As parts of Penn Station, the US’s busiest train hub, have shut down for extensive track repairs, commuters are already complaining about crowded, standing-room-only trains, the New York Post reports.

And experts warn that it’s just the beginning — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has already called a state of emergency in New York City’s subways, the New York Times reports.

The breakdown of the New York metro area’s public transit system is sure to cause a city-wide headache, leaving roughly 600,000 commuters scrambling.

But it also may have a long-term affect on the commuters.

Unsurprisingly, suffering through a public transit system that jams travelers into packed cars, features surprise stampedes and mysterious, foul-smelling leaks, and involves trains that show up incredibly late, when they’re not derailing and catching fire, may slowly worsen your health. In some severe cases, it might even increase your risk of premature death.

DNAInfo’s Nicole Levy previously reported that “the toll our daily commute takes on us has long-term implications on our mental and physical health.”

She looked at research conducted by people like Richard Wener, a professor of environmental psychology at New York University and a longtime commuter, to find out how our daily commutes are affecting our health.

Here are three of the most insidious ways your commute can hurt you in the long run:

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1. Commuting may raise your cortisol levels

Levy reported that in a 2004 study of suburban rail commuters taking the train from New Jersey to Manhattan, “Wener and his coauthor Gary Evans found that the longer their test subjects’ journey was, the higher the levels of cortisol (the primary stress hormone) in their saliva, and the more difficult they found to focus on the task of proofreading assigned them at the end of their commute.”

Invasions of personal space — something many more commuters will have to deal with this summer — “had an affect on cortisol levels, too, Wener and Evans concluded in a follow-up paper,” she says.

“Chronic stress and overexposure to cortisol — which increases sugars in your bloodstream, alters your immune system responses, suppresses your digestive and reproductive systems, and communicates with that part of your brain that controls mood, motivation and fear — puts you at risk for mental health problems like anxiety and depression, and a whole host of physical health issues,” writes Levy.

If an overly long commute can spike cortisol levels, then waiting around for delayed trains — and even getting trapped in a steamy subway car for an hour — can’t be doing wonders for anyone’s health.

2. People with long commutes tend to get less sleep and exercise, and have higher cholesterol and BMI

Levy cites a 2009 study based on data from the American Time Use survey, which found that each minute spent commuting translates into a 0.22 minute sleep time reduction. “If you commute an hour each way, you’re losing 26.5 minutes of sleep each day and 2.2 hours a week,” she says. And, as we know, a lack of sleep can lead to many different health problems.

Employees with lengthy commutes were also more likely to report a diagnosis of high cholesterol and a body mass index (BMI) that categorized them as obese, according to the 2010 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.

“That’s in part because the time we spend on the subway or the road is time we aren’t using to exercise or prepare food at home,” Levy writes.

To top it all off, “the stresses of commuting are also associated — surprise, surprise! — with elevated blood pressure levels,” she says.

3. Having to make transfers during your commutes may raise stress levels even more

The Journal News reports that Amtrak is shifting some trains to Grand Central in order to deal with track problems at Penn Station. And New Jersey Transit commuters are being redirected to Hoboken Terminal in New Jersey, where they’ll have to transfer to ferries, buses, or PATH trains to get into New York City, the New York Times reports.

The process has seemingly gone relatively smoothly so far, but any solutions that involve adding more transfers can take a toll on individual travelers.

Wener and Evans’ research also supported the theory that the more transfers a commuter has, and the more difficult they are, the more stressed he or she becomes, reported Levy. “That’s because transfers add an element of unpredictability to our travels.”

She added: “Waiting for subways and buses is particularly exasperating when we have no idea how long the delay will be.”

Research has linked elevated stress levels with an increased risk of serious health problems like heart disease, diabetes, asthma, depression, and even — in some rare cases when the problem is consistent and severe — premature death.

Jacquelyn Smith contributed to a previous version of this article. Read the full DNAInfo article here.

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