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News, Politics etc / Re: American politics
« Last post by Groovetube on Today at 07:04:33 AM »
I’m in agreement with you over the fact that Facebook etc., have become vast surveillance tools. I don’t think that the masses are willing to give it up anytime soon, so one can hope that these great scandals of disinformation, Russian involvements and data breaches will become muted enough to stop the alt right from having an advantage.

Who am I kidding I’m watching the same crap happen in the ontario election. I can’t take part in the political melee in there anymore but it’s painful to watch.
Facebook and the analytics company that worked with Donald Trump’s election team, Cambridge Analytica, have come under mounting pressure, with calls for investigations and hearings to explain a vast data breach that affected tens of millions of people.

According to a new report from Reuters, U.S. and British lawmakers demanded Sunday that Facebook explain how a political data firm with links to U.S. President Donald Trump‘s 2016 campaign was able to harvest private information from more than 50 million Facebook profiles without the social network’s alerting users. The backlash forced Facebook to once again defend the way it protects user data.

Facebook suspended Cambridge Analytica from its platform on Friday, saying in a blog post that the company had learned in 2015 that user data was shared with a political data group in violation of Facebook’s terms. Facebook said they received certifications at the time that all copies of the data had been destroyed.

In a statement, Cambridge Analytica maintains “that all Facebook data and their derivatives” was deleted. It also says it did not use any of that data in its work for Trump’s campaign.

Former Cambridge Analytica employee Chris Wylie said that the company obtained information from 50 million Facebook users, using it to build psychological profiles so voters could be targeted with ads and stories.

Wylie told Britain’s Channel 4 news that the company was able to amass a huge database very quickly from an app developed by an academic that vacuumed up data from Facebook users who agreed to fill out a survey, as well as their friends and contacts – a process of which most were unaware.

Facebook shares fell more than 5 percent in early trading amid the Cambridge Analytica controversy, sliding down to $175.62 USD shortly after the opening bell on Monday.

The next few weeks represent a critical time for Facebook to reassure users and regulators about its content standards and platform security, to prevent rules that could impact its main advertising business.


More personal info freely distributed, taken and used with out your consent, or simple pirated and stolen. The only sure way to protect your data is not to publish anything personal, witch includes the most simple basic information such as your date of birth.
News, Politics etc / Re: American politics
« Last post by Max on March 19, 2018, 10:28:09 PM »
Beyond Trump's suggestion (directive?) that major opioid dealers ought best be put to death, what's quickly emerging as the biggest story this week is Cambridge Analytica and Facebook... is this the very beginning of the death knell for Big Social as we know it? I sure hope so. I think we've been asleep at the switch for far too long.

Facebook isn't so much a global community platform as it is a comprehensive surveillance tool and data-mining treasury. It's a fascist leader's wet dream. It's too much to ask this private entity to act responsibly with its customer data - indeed, it's demonstrably incapable of such noble public stewardship. The temptation for abuses are too great to withstand.

I guess the modern-day adage is true - if the platform is advertised as being "free," it's because you and I, the end users, are most likely the ultimate product/commodity. Once you're on board with the program and you've built up your wonderful little user profile and made a slew of posts, your data is no longer yours to protect or shield. Nor is Facebook some kind of giant, benign apolitical entity innately incapable of abuses or destructive surgical strikes; it should come as no surprise to any of us now that Facebook is inextricably linked to the rise of the alt right... great blue "thumbs up" enablers that they are.

I am far less familiar with Twitter, having never been on the platform; but it would seem that it too has played its part in this very modern war of misinformation/disinformation. It's all the more dire when you consider how many people eschew traditional media, opting instead to dwell in those various-leaning filter bubbles in which they feel most comfortable, most at home. What do we then have in common? Very little, it would seem.

Screw news! Raw opinion and disgruntled alienation form the backbone of today's social currency. It's about identity politics and ultra-partisanship now. FB is perhaps leading the charge but they are by no means the only cynical actor in this farce. Whatever good FB and Twitter have been capable of has by now been vastly overshadowed by the way in which it allows for wanton manipulation of society (and of the electorate!) of our various nations.

I just hope that, sooner rather than later, people snap out of it and abandon these poisonous places - and hone their healthy skepticism and media literacy smarts.

For the past month or so, our Apple TV has been turning on by itself, 5-10 minutes after we would shut it down at night. What was happening? Was this a sign from the Apple gods that we needed to buy an upgrade? Maybe the ghost of Steve Jobs paying us a visit?

Our Apple TV 4 is running tvOS 11.2.6 and after turning itself back on, it would resume from the last opened app, which in our case was Netflix. The moment you grab the remote, the message “Remote connected” would appear. Maybe our remote was on low battery? Nope, that wasn’t it.

After a quick search online, of course, it turns out we weren’t the only ones experiencing this weird phenomenon. If you want to fix your Apple TV from turning itself on at night, here are some fixes that worked for us, as our unit no longer turns itself on by itself.

- Reboot Apple TV: Settings > System > Restart
- Disable background app refresh: Settings > General > Usage > Background App Refresh > OFF
- Disable automatic app updates: Settings > Apps > Automatically Update Apps > OFF

In our case, the combination of the three solutions above have worked for us, as Apple TV no longer turns itself on and our kid no longer thinks there’s a demon in the house (nice try, ghost of Patrick Swayze). I can only imagine how annoying this would be at night for those with an Apple TV hooked up to their TV in the bedroom.

Let us know if these solutions helped stop your Apple TV from turning itself on. Let’s hope tvOS 11.3–which should be out soon–will fix this bug.

General Chat / Re: National Weather Report
« Last post by MeAtMac DotCalm on March 19, 2018, 10:50:00 AM »
Blue skies, sunny and cold sums up the day -9°C windchill feels like-17 a stiff westerly breeze at 28km/h. A chance of flurries this afternoon.
General Chat / Re: National Weather Report
« Last post by MeAtMac DotCalm on March 18, 2018, 04:51:56 PM »
Stayed sunny, the winds settled down a "tehch" to 23km/h the temperature rose to a warmer value -4°C and the windchill fell to feel like -11. Also falling is the barometric pressure to 99.9 while the relative humidity is 43%.

While the barometric pressure would indicate "weather" none is forecast partly cloudy overnight and windier but nothing significant. Maybe a few flurries, that's it. Well that and unseasonably cold -13°C and windchill of -22 in the forecast.
Creative / Re: Musical Equipment
« Last post by Groovetube on March 18, 2018, 04:31:36 PM »
Welll I thought they were shiny!
General Chat / Re: National Weather Report
« Last post by MeAtMac DotCalm on March 18, 2018, 10:04:31 AM »
Sunny and unseasonably cold, windchill at -20°, with the winds blowing between 20 and gusting to 40km/h. The actual temperature is -11°C. The high for the day should reach -6°C under a mix of sun and clouds.
News, Politics etc / Re: American politics
« Last post by Groovetube on March 17, 2018, 12:06:12 PM »
The blunders just keep coming. And this one will be epic. Not as epic as the ones coming to be sure.

As I said, now that mueller is into the ‘follow the money’ part he’s starting to really freak out. Gee I wonder why?
News, Politics etc / Re: American politics
« Last post by MeAtMac DotCalm on March 17, 2018, 11:57:30 AM »
Well, Sessions fired Andrew McCabe on the eve of his 50th  birthday tomorrow Sunday when Mr. McCabe was eligible to retire after two decades of service to the FBI.

Quote from: BBCNEWS
FBI ex-deputy director Andrew McCabe sacked days before retirement

Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe has been sacked days before he could retire with pension rights.

He was fired by US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who said an internal review found he leaked information and misled investigators.

Mr McCabe denied the claims and said he was being targeted because of his involvement in the inquiry into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Mr Trump has long accused Mr McCabe of bias in favour of the Democrats.
He immediately praised Mr Sessions' decision to fire him.

Quote from: twitter feed real DonaldTrump
Donald J. Trump

Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI - A great day for Democracy. Sanctimonious James Comey was his boss and made McCabe look like a choirboy. He knew all about the lies and corruption going on at the highest levels of the FBI!
1:08 AM - Mar 17, 2018
112K people are talking about this

I bet this will cost he US Federal Government extra money before it's done and will not affect the ratings of the Stormy reality show.
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