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minstrelmike (1602771) writes "If we give up all our privacy on-line for contextual ads, then how come so many of them are so far off the mark? Personal data harvesting for contextual ads and content should be a beautiful thing. They do it privately and securely, and it's all automated so that no human being actually learns anything about you. And then the online world becomes customized, just for you. The real problem with this scenario is that is we're paying for contextual ads and content with our personal data, but we're not getting what we pay for.
Facebook advertising is off target and almost completely irrelevant.
The question is: Why? Facebook has a database of our explicitly stated interests, which many users fill out voluntarily. Facebook sees what we post about. It knows who we interact with. It counts our likes, monitors our comments and even follows us around the Web. Yet, while the degree of personal data collection is extreme, the advertising seems totally random." Link to Original Source top
minstrelmike (1602771) writes "In Leeds, England, architects are adding a plethora of baffles and other structures to prevent the channeling of winds from a skyscraper that have pushed baby carriages into the street and caused one pedestrian death by blowing over a truck (lorry). Other architectural mistakes listed in the article include death ray buildings that can melt car bumpers and landscape ponds that blind tenants." Link to Original Source top
minstrelmike (1602771) writes "Using computer facial recognition, researchers at Ohio State University have identified 21 emotional expressions humans make, tripling the previous number of available expressions for classifying emotional states. They anticipate it will help with treating PTSD which makes people more attuned to anger and fear." Link to Original Source top
minstrelmike (1602771) writes "Another Snowden revelation. NSA infiltrated World of Warcraft and Second Life to see if terrorists were trading information and creating plots. (Of course, those games make money so all users are tracked but it seemed like a valid threat apparently to some one).
minstrelmike (1602771) writes "Japan is planning to install a 2 mile around the Fukushima nuclear plant. The technology has not been used to that extent nor for more than a couple years. "Plus the frozen wall won't be ready for another two years, which means contaminated water would continue to leak out." But at least they have a $470 million dollar plan ready to present to the Olympic committee choosing Madrid, Istanbul or Tokyo." Link to Original Source top
minstrelmike (1602771) writes "Two page editorial in the NYTimes (10 free articles / month then firewalled) about what would have been different legally, morally, and security-wise:
"If Manning had delivered his material to The Times, WikiLeaks would not have been able to post the unedited cables, as it ultimately did, heedless of the risk to human rights advocates, dissidents and informants named therein. In fact, you might not have heard of WikiLeaks. The group has had other middling scoops, but Manning put it on the map."
He also discusses what the Times would and would not have done, admitting they probably wouldn't have shared with other news outlets but also admitting they would definitely have not shared everything." Link to Original Source top
Dept of Defense CyberCity for testing hack attacks
minstrelmike (1602771) writes ""Air Force cyber warriors are getting ready to learn how to do battle in cyberspace against hostile actors who would disrupt critical infrastructure by working in a virtual city that has all of the trappings of modern-day, computer-based life, including e-mail, passwords, online social networking and WiFi"
That's how the article starts. It's a similar concept to the mock Iraq towns they built down south. They've performed 7 attacks on the cyber range so far." Link to Original Source top
minstrelmike (1602771) writes "The expelled teen planning to blow up his high school knew something was wrong Sunday when he looked for wireless networks:
On Sunday evening, he posted this interesting item on his Facebook status page: "The weirdest thing happened today... when my homie was trying to connect to a wireless network the connections list came up and one of them was called: FBI_SURVEILLANCE_VAN It was weird..."" Link to Original Source top
Dumb People Use Self-Selected Surveys to make up a
minstrelmike (1602771) writes "PCMag's story on 'Dumb people use Internet Explorer' uses stats in a way that would make Bernie Madoff proud, offering a free IQ test to web surfers then presenting results as if it means something." Link to Original Source top
minstrelmike (1602771) writes "From the birds come home to roost section of reality, Nokia is suing Apple for patent infringement tied to technologies "for enhanced speech and data transmission, using positioning data in applications and innovations in antenna configurations that improve performance and save space."
minstrelmike writes "Pandalabs, a security vendor, has discovered a site that claims to hack Facebook accounts for $100. It is professionally done but they believe it is a scam. The folks who send the money will probably not report it to the cops." Link to Original Source top