Well, These New Zuckerberg IMs Won’t Help Facebook’s Privacy Problems - Business Insider
Article de mai 2010
Zuck: Yeah so if you ever need info about anyone at Harvard
Zuck: Just ask.
Zuck: I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses, SNS
[Redacted Friend’s Name]: What? How’d you manage that one?
Zuck: People just submitted it.
Zuck: I don’t know why.
Zuck: They “trust me”
Zuck: Dumb fucks.
Rain can’t do its job anymore - Business Insider
To Savory, rain is effective “when the bulk of the rain (or snowmelt) soaks into the soil and only leaves the soil through plant growth, or through perennial flow to streams, springs or underground water storage, including aquifers.”
This sounds awfully simple: that it’s just a matter of keeping the water in the landscape.
It’s possible that much of the destruction and despair caused by floods and droughts comes down to the failure to keep water in the ground. If that’s the case, we should be able to figure out ways to change that.
New York has toughest cybersecurity in US — and it’s still not enough - Business Insider
“Banks are especially vulnerable,” Matthew Waxman, a professor and the co-chair at Columbia University’s Cybersecurity Center, told Business Insider. “Disruption to the information systems on which banks rely could have shockwaves throughout the financial system, undermining public confidence in banking or knocking off line the ability to engage in commercial transactions.”
That’s the kind of catastrophic damage that worried the authors cited in Defense Secretary Rumsfeld’s 2001 memo.
They weren’t only concerned about stolen email addresses and social security numbers. They were worried about the fallout from such activity.
Banking works because consumers trust the system. But what if people lose trust?
Saudi Arabia’s millennial crown prince is looking vulnerable - Business Insider
Crown prince Mohammed bin Salman’s stewardship of the throne is being questioned.
Foreign investors were spooked by the recent crackdown on the Saudi elite.
Investors are worried that potential partners could fall victim to another corruption purge.
Mohammed bin Salman’s consolidation of power is believed to have alienated many in the royal family.
As the heir to the Saudi throne, Mohammed bin Salman prepares to head off on a round of visits to western capitals to promote investment in the kingdom, his ambitious economic plans and even his grip on power are being increasingly questioned.
There are big doubts over foreign investors’ willingness to back him in the wake of his recent shakedown of the Saudi elite; much debate about the amount of money he actually managed to raise; and suggestions that the episode, part of efforts to consolidate power, could backfire.
MbS, as the Crown Prince is known, has sought to draw a line under the recent detention of several hundred royals and prominent businessmen in Riyadh’s Ritz-Carlton Hotel, where they were reportedly forced to sign over assets in return for their freedom.
Most of the detainees have now been released.
Les affaires opaques de l’#Eglise orthodoxe en #Israël
A l’occasion du Noël orthodoxe à #Bethléem, en #Cisjordanie, samedi 6 janvier, les fidèles entendent manifester contre la #corruption de leur #clergé. Et particulièrement contre celle de leur chef spirituel, le patriarche grec-orthodoxe de #Jérusalem, Théophile III. Celui-ci est soupçonné de dilapider les biens de son Eglise, à Jérusalem comme en Israël. La revendication prend des allures nationalistes, en mobilisant les Palestiniens chrétiens orthodoxes à Jérusalem, en Israël comme en Cisjordanie occupée.
Tout a commencé en 2005 lorsque la presse israélienne a dévoilé l’étrange transaction immobilière passée, une année auparavant, entre l’Eglise grecque-orthodoxe et trois sociétés privées. Moyennant 1,5 million de dollars, ces dernières auraient acquis deux hôtels situés près de la porte de Jaffa ainsi qu’un bâtiment jouxtant l’esplanade des mosquées, dans la vieille ville de Jérusalem. Basées à l’étranger, ces sociétés auraient servi les intérêts de l’organisation Ateret Cohanim, qui œuvre depuis 1978 pour la #colonisation juive dans la vieille ville et à Jérusalem-Est.
Palestinians protest Greek Orthodox patriarch for land deals - Business Insider
The church is one of the largest real estate owners in the Holy Land. It is dominated by Greek clergy while the flock is overwhelmingly Palestinian.
Connaissez-vous l’auteur de cette oeuvre ?
A part l’origine finlandaise je n’ai pas trouvé grand chose sur l’auteur de cette sculpture saisissante.
Unbearable, Jens Galschiøt, front of Christiansborg Palace, seat of the Danish Parliament, in Copenhagen.
In the eye of the storm: Niger and its unstable neighbors
A poor, sun-scorched Sahel country, #Niger is rapidly becoming a key U.S. and Western counterterrorism ally. The former French colony already hosts French troops, and, as part of its #TransSahara_Counter-Terrorism_Initiative, the United States is building a
$100 million drone base there to monitor and respond to terrorist activities across the Sahel. Germany is also building a military outpost in Niger to support the U.N. mission in #Mali.
#drones #terrorisme (lutte contre le -) #Sahel #USA #Etats-Unis #armées #bases_militaires #Allemagne #Boko_Haram
The US military is building a $100 million drone base in central Niger
DAKAR, Sept 30 (Reuters) - The United States military said on Friday it is building a $100 million temporary base for surveillance drones in #Agadez, central Niger, to help the West African country combat militant groups and protect its borders.
U.S. Helping Niger Halt Spread of Terror in Region
The unfortunately politicized debate prompted by the death two weeks ago of four U.S. soldiers in Niger has revealed a great deal of ignorance about what, precisely, the U.S. is doing in Niger and why. The truth is that while its policy is debatable, the U.S. is right to be involved in Niger and support it in its fight against violent Islamist extremists.
U.S. Forces in Niger Were Denied Armed Drone
New information shows ambushed Green Beret team was part of a larger, potentially more dangerous mission
US steps up commitment in Niger with launch of armed #drones
The United States has said says it wants to start flying armed drones in Niger within days.
The two countries finalized a deal this week allowing Washington to use armed drones against armed groups in northern Niger.
This comes after the death of US and Niger soldiers in an ambush last October.
Emmanuel Dupuy, President of the Paris-based Institute for European Prospective Studies, told RFI’s Christina Okello, this signals an increased American role in Niger.
The super rich are hiding a ton of money offshore - Business Insider
Because offshore wealth is very concentrated at the top, accounting for it increases the top 0.01% wealth share substantially in Europe, even in countries that do not use tax havens extensively. It has considerable effects in Russia, where the vast majority of wealth at the top is held offshore," the authors write.
Around 60% of the wealth of Russia’s richest households is held offshore, the economists estimate.
Google says no evidence of Russian propaganda on its platform - Business Insider
Search engine Google said on Thursday it had seen no evidence on its advertising platforms of the kind of suspected Russian propaganda campaign that Facebook says appeared on its network before and after last year’s U.S. presidential election.
“We’re always monitoring for abuse or violations of our policies and we’ve seen no evidence this type of ad campaign was run on our platforms,” Google, a unit of Alphabet and the owner of YouTube, said in a statement in response to questions.
A surprising number of American adults think chocolate milk comes from brown cows- Business Insider
Non, pas idiocracy, du coup, 7% c’est vraiment pas énorme. Le nombre d’américains qui ne savent pas lire serait de 14%, 12% vivent sous le seuil de pauvreté… Si on cherche plein d’indicateurs de misère, de difficulté sociale, de gens qui ont beaucoup beaucoup beaucoup d’autres priorités dans la vie que de savoir d’où vient le chocolat, on est systématiquement très au-dessus de 7%. Pour le coup, je trouve que c’est pas beaucoup du tout.
Autre difficulté, je trouve : décider d’une manière assez arbitraire qu’un certain savoir relèverait de l’évidence, et s’indigner du fait que les gens ne savent pas. Genre : faisons un sondage pour voir combien de gens en France croient que le vin rouge est fait avec du raison rouge et le vin blanc avec du raison blanc (« ah ah, quelle bande d’idiots ») et indignons-nous du niveau d’ignorance de nos congénaires.
Et sinon, cette #selon_une_étude_récente, si j’ai bien compris, c’est commandité par US Dairy, qui me semble être le représentant de l’industrie du lait. Comme si l’indignation sur l’origine du vin blanc/rouge était décrétée par le syndicat de la viticulture. Ça fait de l’indignation vachement télécommandée, tout de même.
Autre chose pour aller dans le sens d’@arno, combien de gens qui répondent à côté soit parce qu’ils sont distraits soit juste pour se marrer…
Le sondage a été réalisé sur 1000 personnes, c’est bien étonnant de ne pas avoir trouvé plus de 70 pitres. En plus c’est organisé par « Innovation Center for US Dairy » dont on peut penser ce qu’on veut mais qui ne semble pas une garantie scientifique très avancée.
Effectivement, ca ressemble à la petite farce suivante qui marche avec tous les innocents à qui on ne l’a pas encore fait. Il suffit de trois question pour faire marcher n’importe qui :
1. Quelle couleur à ce mur (pourvu qu’il soit blanc) ?
Réponse : blanc
2. C’est quoi la couleur d’une feuille de papier vierge ?
Réponse : blanc
3. Que boit la vache ?
Réponse (dans 90% des cas) : du lait .
N’empêche c’est la catastrophe le niveau d’éducation des étatsuniens ...
’Idiocracy’ Writer Says Satirical Film About Dumbed-Down America Has Become A ’Documentary’
Dominique Mosbergen, HuffPost US, le 24 février 2016
Animation shows huge crack growing in Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf - Business Insider
2 charts show the biggest problem with US healthcare
Insurance works only if the risk pool includes enough low-spending people to offset those with expensive claims. That’s Obamacare’s core problem. The legal mandate to buy insurance hasn’t brought enough young and healthy people into the pool.
This is the “death spiral” you hear about. People with serious illnesses will buy insurance no matter what it costs. This drives up claim ratios, which then drives premiums yet higher and discourages young and healthy people from buying.
Après la reconnaissance faciale pour raison de sûreté : « [L’aéroport de] Washington-Dulles a discrètement lancé le test d’un système qui permet de vérifier que le visage des voyageurs est conforme au portrait présent dans leur passeport. » Clubic, 23 mars 2015
La reconnaissance faciale ( volontaire !, ndt ) des passagers débarque, Tour hebdo, le 16 février 2017
Les sources sont pourries, j’admets ça clairement.. si quelqu’un a de quoi backer un peu, je suis preneur.
Et si l’éthique vient poser problème, il reste toujours les animaux pour jouer avec !
Researchers Design Facial Recognition System for Lemurs , University of Arizona, Feb. 17, 2017
Shit, tout le monde s’y met !
Usher’s new music video uses facial recognition technology to make sure you’re paying attention to its message 23 octobre 2015
Here’s why some people get upset when they hear chewing
MRI brain scans showed that both groups of people reacted similarly to the neutral and annoying sounds. But misophonics responded far more dramatically to the chewing and breathing. They showed more activity in their anterior insular cortex, a brain structure involved in emotional processing.
Tesla will never have to worry about selling cars - Business Insider
The key question is always the same: Is demand for Teslas really out there?
This is an easy question to answer. There’s probably more demand for Tesla vehicles than would be satisfied even if Musk’s goal of half a million cars was met.
The bottom line is that Tesla will never have trouble selling its cars, at least not until it cranks up production to the same levels of other major global automakers. For the time being, Tesla’s biggest challenge remains managing the demand it can almost effortlessly create.
Musk has addressed this challenge often. When the Model 3 mass-market vehicle — scheduled to arrive in late 2017, priced at around $30,000 after tax credits — was unveiled earlier this year, Tesla swiftly racked up almost 400,0oo advance reservations at $1,000 a pop.
Musk later reminded analysts that all the company did was post a few tweets and live-stream the unveiling event in Los Angeles.
Let’s be perfectly clear: This is one of the largest and most important happenings in the history of the automobile industry. In over a century, no carmaker has even come close to witnessing so much demand for an unavailable vehicle. A General Motors or Toyota would kill to have such a stunning amount of enthusiasm, backed up by cash money, for a new car or truck. But it can’t kill, so it spends billions on marketing and advertising.
Tesla, for all practical purposes, spends zero on marketing and advertising — although Musk, in a spirit of charity, says that someday it will, because the media requires advertising spending to stay alive. The company sends emails, holds customer events, has a small but intrepid communications team, and lets Musk do his thing on Twitter. That’s it.
New college professor ’watchlist’ aims to expose professors who ’advance leftist propaganda’
A new website is asking students and others to “expose and document” professors who “discriminate against conservative students, promote anti-American values and advance leftist propaganda in the classroom.” The site, called Professor Watchlist, is not without precedent — predecessors include the now-defunct NoIndoctrination.org, which logged accounts of alleged bias in the classroom. There’s also David Horowitz’s 2006 book, The Professors : The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America. But such (...)
The largest oil deposit ever found in America was just discovered in Texas
“The fact that this is the largest assessment of continuous oil we have ever done just goes to show that, even in areas that have produced billions of barrels of oil, there is still the potential to find billions more,” Walter Guidroz, program coordinator for the USGS Energy Resources Program, said in a statement.
More than 3,000 horizontal oil wells have already been drilled and completed in the Midland Basin Wolfcamp section, according to the USGS. To get the oil, producers fracture, or “frack,” the earth below with a high-pressure liquid mixture to untap oil and gas from shale rock.
This map reveals three points about the coalition to retake Mosul. First, it shows how far Iraqi Security Forces and Kurdish peshmerga fighters have advanced. In the first few days, these fighters advanced quickly. But they met stiffer Islamic State resistance roughly 10 to 25 miles outside the city. The coalition forces are still advancing, but their progress—especially approaching from the south—has been slowed a great deal.
Second, the map shows how far these forces still have to go to reach the city. The battle will not begin in earnest until they do.
Third, the map gives a sense of the anti-IS coalition’s strategy. Although there have been reports of Shiite militias heading west to cut off potential IS retreating points, those are unconfirmed at present, and the militias certainly don’t include the bulk of Iraq’s best fighters. The coalition hopes that IS fighters will retreat from their positions and melt back into the desert, fleeing to their strongholds in Syria or becoming easy targets for airstrikes. IS is not likely to retreat—if it was going to, it would have done so already.