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  • Dear iPhone—It Was Just Physical, and Now It’s Over

    05/16/2018 4:44:46 PM PDT · by ptsal · 10 replies
    Nautilus ^ | 11-May-2018 | Katie Reid
    s a kid, I’d sometimes try to imagine what life would be like without a particular sense or part of my body, like with questions from the Would You Rather? game. Would you rather be deaf or blind? Would you rather have no legs or no arms? I’d try to erase the sound of my mom’s piano playing, the sight of the ground growing smaller as I soared on the tree swing in my backyard, or the feeling of playing basketball so hard my lungs might explode, but I just couldn’t. How could life go on without these sensations that...
  • ‘How Long Do I Have Left?’ AI Can Help Answer That Question

    04/30/2018 9:47:07 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 19 replies
    WSJ ^ | Apr 29, 2018 10:02 pm ET | By Lloyd Minor
    The first patient I saw during my clinical rotations as a medical student was dying from chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). Today, with treatment, the 5-year survival rate for CML is about 90%. But when I was a student, CML was incurable. It was an early and poignant reminder of the limitations of medicine that I have never forgotten. We didn’t understand cancer like we do now, nor did we have the tools to treat it, which meant there was agonizingly little we could do. With the national hospice and palliative care movements only beginning, our discussions with this man and...
  • Federal Judge Drops the Hammer on Facebook with New Ruling

    04/18/2018 7:21:14 AM PDT · by ptsal · 18 replies
    Conservative Tribune ^ | 04-17-2018 | Joe Sanders
    If Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg thought last week was bad, this one might be worse. Before Zuckerberg’s two days of grilling by D.C. lawmakers had even faded from the headlines, the company was back in the spotlight on Monday with a federal judge’s ruling to allow a class action lawsuit against Facebook over a facial recognition feature. And the damages could be in the billions. Advertisement - story continues below According to Reuters, U.S. District Judge James Donato ruled on Monday that a suit against Facebook could proceed under class action status for users in Illinois who sued the company...
  • World powers show off advanced weaponry in Syrian war

    04/17/2018 7:30:44 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 40 replies
    Ahval ^ | Apr 17 2018 | Salim Kahraman
    As tension mounts between Russia and the West, Syria’s brutal seven-year civil war has become an arena for world powers to display their advanced weaponry and ability to project their military might. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said his country had tested nearly 215 advanced weapons in Syria since his country directly intervened in the conflict to support Syrian President Bashar Assad in September 2015. Russia has shown off both its Kalibr cruise missiles, launched from warships and submarines in the Mediterranean and Caspian Seas, and the ability of its Tu 160 bombers to fly an 8,000-mile strike round trip mission...
  • App helps prepare illegal immigrants in worst-case scenario

    04/16/2018 11:36:04 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Laredo Morning Times ^ | April 15, 2018 | By Olivia P. Tallet, Houston Chronicle
    Immigration agents knocking at the door? Now, there’s an app for that, too. United We Dream, the largest national immigrant youth-led organization, has officially launched a smartphone application that added yet another tool to protect immigrants living in the U.S. illegally by utilizing high tech and online social communications. The app, called Notifica, allows immigrants here illegally to activate a plan if they come in contact with immigration law enforcement authorities or find themselves at risk of being detained. Users can prepare a set of automatic messages to alert — with one click — family members, lawyers and others if...
  • FACEBOOK Censors and Bans European News Website for Criticizing Unlimited Migration

    04/15/2018 11:30:59 AM PDT · by ptsal · 24 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 04-14-2018 | Jim Hoft
    Facebook censors.... It’s not just conservative US websites that are being targeted and banned. The Voice of Europe, a European website against unlimited migration and Islamic radicalism, was banned and censored recently by Facebook.No conservative thought will be allowed.
  • Privacy outrage after Google users discover Chrome's built-in anti-virus tool is scanning private

    04/14/2018 6:32:26 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 79 replies
    Daily Mail Co. UK ^ | 12:55 EDT, 4 April 2018 | Tim Collins
    The discovery was made by New York cybersecurity expert Kelly ShortridgeShe noticed the browser tool was scanning files in a folder on her Windows PCMs Shortridge shared her worries that it was gathering data on social media Google's head of security for Chrome responded that this is not the caseGoogle users are sharing their shock at discovering Chrome's built-in anti-virus tool is scanning private files on their computers.Chrome Cleanup Tool, a browser component added in 2014 to scan and remove malicious or resource heavy software, is behind the outcry.
  • Insect farms gear up to feed soaring global protein demand

    04/13/2018 9:39:55 AM PDT · by ptsal · 59 replies
    Reuters ^ | 13-Apr-2018 | Karl Plume
    LANGLEY, British Columbia (Reuters) - Layers of squirming black soldier fly larvae fill large aluminum bins stacked 10-high in a warehouse outside of Vancouver. They are feeding on stale bread, rotting mangoes, overripe cantaloupe and squishy zucchini. [snip] Enterra Feed, one of an emerging crop of insect growers, will process the bugs into protein-rich food for fish, poultry - even pets. After being fattened up, the fly larvae will be roasted, dried and bagged or pressed to extract oils, then milled into a brown powder that smells like roasted peanuts.
  • Windows 10 Stocks, Weather, and other apps may retire in favor of web versions

    04/12/2018 8:09:51 AM PDT · by RitchieAprile · 10 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | April 11 2018 | Kevin Parrish
    Microsoft may be moving to discontinue several first-party apps installed in Windows 10 that aren’t a major priority. Unnamed sources indicate that the company is now shifting internal developers away from the likes of Windows 10’s Stocks and Weather apps to focus on Microsoft Edge. Microsoft is also grabbing employees that previously worked on now-canceled Redstone 5 enhancements to provide them with positions on the Edge browser team. The news arrives after Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella distributed an email to employees in March that outlined a restructuring within the company. Rajesh Jha now leads a new engineering team focused on...
  • Windows 10 on AMD? This new update plus Microsoft's patch block Spectre attacks

    04/11/2018 7:31:38 AM PDT · by RitchieAprile · 2 replies
    ZDNet ^ | April 11 2018 | Liam Tung
    Chipmaker AMD has released new microcode updates to mitigate the Spectre variant 2 side-channel attack, which Microsoft has supported with a Windows 10 patch for AMD systems. AMD's latest microcode update coincided with Microsoft's April Patch Tuesday fixes and comes just weeks after Intel wrapped up its Spectre 2 mitigations for all CPU families released over the past nine years. AMD's chief mitigation for its chips on Windows affected by variant 2 CPU indirect branch target injections is called 'indirect branch prediction barrier' (IBPB), which is only intended for cases when software switches from one user context to a context...
  • Facebook's CIA Friends - Connections count at FB. And Google

    04/11/2018 5:32:23 AM PDT · by ptsal · 11 replies
    BullionVault ^ | 04-10-2018 | Addison Wiggin
    HAS the recent Facebook data scandal got you a little paranoid about sharing information on the internet? asks Jody Chudley, financial analyst for The Daily Edge, in Addison Wiggin's Daily Reckoning. I don't blame you. After all, Facebook has access to some of your most personal information. I'm talking about every message you've ever sent or been sent, every contact in your phone and even access to your computer's camera and microphones. Now would you like to get a lot more paranoid? Okay. Let me introduce you to a company called In-Q-Tel. This is a venture capital firm funded by...
  • Microsoft open sources original File Manager from the ‘90s so it can run on Windows 10

    04/09/2018 7:50:16 AM PDT · by RitchieAprile · 41 replies
    The Verge ^ | April 9, 2018 | Tom Warren
    Microsoft is releasing the source code for its original Windows File Manager from nearly 28 years ago. Originally released for Windows 3.0, the File Manager was a replacement for managing files through MS-DOS, and allowed Windows users to copy, move, delete, and search for files. While it’s a relic from the past, you can still compile the source code Microsoft has released and run the app on Windows 10 today.
  • NVIDIA Reinforces Machine Learning Training Lead Via Platform Improvements At GTC 2018

    04/09/2018 7:46:27 AM PDT · by RitchieAprile · 2 replies
    Forbes ^ | April 9, 2018 | Patrick Moorhead
    Last week, Moor Insights & Strategy analysts Anshel Sag, Chris Wilder, Karl Freund and I attended NVIDIA GTC 2018, what I consider the industry leader’s premier GPU developer conference. If you’re unfamiliar with GTC, I wrote a preview here. As per usual with these events, the main keynote, given by CEO Jensen Huang, was the time to catch the biggest announcements coming out of the conference. More importantly, the event was also an opportunity to meet with NVIDIA developers, customers, press and senior leaders.
  • Breitbart News Town Hall -- Big Tech vs. Free Speech and Privacy

    04/06/2018 10:12:54 AM PDT · by snarkpup · 5 replies
    [Link skips 17 minutes of dead air and filler.] A few interesting points: The most vulnerable group of voters who are most easily swayed by Google's manipulation of search results are ... (drum roll) ... Moderate Republicans. There is considerable collusion between the federal government and big tech. The feds are, in effect, outsourcing surveillance to the private sector to get around the Fourth Amendment: "These companies are acting as proxy investigators; but there are no limits on them." Look up the definition of "Breitbart" on Google, and you get a Wikipedia hit piece. They're more powerful than the government...
  • Gamma male syndrome: Why even liberal women aren’t attracted to liberal men

    04/02/2018 9:42:02 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 63 replies
    Bizpac Review ^ | 31 March 2018 | Luis Miguel
    What constitutes attractiveness? Apparently, not liberalism. Liberal men find themselves in a strange predicament: they’re less enticing to even the die-hard feminists they’re constantly trying to please. Science has a say on the issue. A study published earlier this year by political scientist Rolfe Daus Peterson found that conservatives of both genders are generally more attractive than their liberal counterparts. As expected, the left-leaning researchers concluded the politics stem from the looks: attractive people feel good about themselves and, as a result, are less inclined to social programs that help the needy. Despite the talk by p**sy hat-wearing women calling...
  • How to ‘poison’ your data before you delete Facebook

    03/31/2018 9:06:30 AM PDT · by ptsal · 51 replies
    The Daily Dot ^ | 29-Mar-2018 | Christina Bonnington
    Over the past few weeks, we’ve learned a lot about Facebook, Cambridge Analytica, and how Facebook uses your data. The revelations have pushed many users—including some brands and celebrities—to leave the social network altogether. Rather than simply deleting your profile or profile information, however, some are advising a slightly different tactic to protect your online identity: tainting that data. Developer and former systems administrator Kevin Matthew published a script that goes back through your Facebook posts and edits them with randomly generated characters. Based on his knowledge as a systems administrator, Matthew explains that “even by conservative assumptions, your data...
  • Zuckerberg plans to testify before Congress

    03/28/2018 6:24:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 28, 2018 9:00 PM EDT | Barbara Ortutay
    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg plans to testify before Congress about the company’s privacy practices in coming weeks, according to a person familiar with the matter. This person spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly. Zuckerberg is aware there is intense pressure on him to testify, this person said. Zuckerberg said last week in a CNN interview that he’d be “happy” to testify, but didn’t commit to appear. Facebook is facing unprecedented scrutiny following reports that a data mining firm used ill-gotten data from tens of millions of its users to try to influence...
  • Facebook saves extensive call, text data made by Android users: Ars Technica

    03/26/2018 6:13:27 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 31 replies
    www.cnbc.com/ ^ | 03-26-2018 | Javier E. David | @TeflonGeek
    Facebook has been scraping years worth of Android call and text data, according to a report. A company representative told Ars Technica that the practice is "widely used," but users are able to opt-out. Android cellphone users have noticed that Facebook has saved a virtual trove of their personal call data that extends back years, according to a report in Ars Technica. Amid an outcry over the social network's handling of a controversy involving a third-party application's misuse of personal data, the publication reported that several Android users who pulled down archive data from Facebook found very detailed personal metadata....
  • Zuck apologizes for Cambridge Analytica scandal with full-page print ad

    03/25/2018 8:43:28 AM PDT · by TaxPayer2000 · 68 replies
    TechCruch ^ | March 25, 2018 | Jordan Crook
    Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg has taken out a full page ad in the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and six UK papers today to apologize Cambridge Analytica scandal, according to CNN’s Brian Stelter. The ad starts in bold letters, saying: “We have a responsibility to protect your information. If we can’t, we don’t deserve it.” The ad was published on Sunday, following Zuck’s first public acknowledgement of the issue on Facebook and a subsequent media tour earlier this week. Congress has also put Mark Zuckerberg on notice to potentially come speak with them, with Senator...
  • How to delete your Facebook account and reclaim your data

    03/24/2018 10:06:39 AM PDT · by TaxPayer2000 · 21 replies
    NEW YORK POST ^ | March 20, 2018 | Chris Smith, BGR
    ~~ Before you deactivate or delete Facebook, you might want to consider downloading a copy of your Facebook data, just to make sure everything you’ve been posting on Facebook all these years isn’t lost — there’s a “Download a copy of your Facebook data” option right below “Manage Account” in the “Settings” menu. The first thing you’ll want to do is download your data from Facebook. Also, you should consider deactivating or deleting Facebook on a computer rather than on mobile phone, so you can grab your data beforehand. But make sure you remove your Facebook apps from smartphones and...