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How Facebook's Tentacles Reach Further Than You Think

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      I thought this was interesting enough to warrant a share.

      A couple of years ago, Vladan Joler and his brainy friends in Belgrade began investigating the inner workings of one of the world's most powerful corporations.

      The team, which includes experts in cyber-forensic analysis and data visualisation, had already looked into what he calls "different forms of invisible infrastructures" behind Serbia's internet service providers.

      But Mr Joler and his friends, now working under a project called Share Lab, had their sights set on a bigger target.

      "If Facebook were a country, it would be bigger than China," says Mr Joler, whose day job is as a professor at Serbia's Novi Sad University.

      He reels off the familiar, but still staggering, numbers: the barely teenage Silicon Valley firm stores some 300 petabytes of data, boasts almost two billion users, and raked in almost $28bn (£22bn) in revenues in 2016 alone.

      And yet, Mr Joler argues, we know next to nothing about what goes on under the bonnet - despite the fact that we, as users, are providing most of the fuel - for free.

      "All of us, when we are uploading something, when we are tagging people, when we are commenting, we are basically working for Facebook," he says.

      http://www.bbc.com/news/business-39947942

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      The Cyber Effect

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          I was listening to Mary Aiken from University College Dublin the other day, (just up the road from me) and it transpires that she was an instrumental part in the development of "C.S.I. Cyber" and has written her own book.

          CSI: CYBER is inspired by the advanced technological work of real-life Cyber Psychologist Mary Aiken and stars Emmy Award winner Patricia Arquette.

          Special Agent Avery Ryan (Patricia Arquette) heads the Cyber Crime Division of the FBI, a unit at the forefront of solving illegal activities that start in the mind, live online, and play out in the real world. She also knows firsthand how today's technology allows people to hide in the shadows of the Internet and commit serious crimes of global proportion. While other agents search for criminals in dark homes and alleys, Ryan searches the "dark net," a place deep in the bowels of the Web where criminals are anonymous, money is untraceable and where everything is for sale with just a keystroke...http://www.rte.ie/tv/programmes/cyber.html

          I think we've all seen first hand how social media has changed the "landscape" both socially and politically..

          It's worth remembering that...

          So sharing this for research and discussion.

          At this moment in time we can describe cyberspace as a place, separate from us, but very soon that distinction will become blurred. By the time we get to 2020, when we are alone and immersed in our smart homes and smarter cars, clad in our wearable technologies, our babies in captivity seats with iPads thrust in their visual field, our kids all wearing face-obscuring helmets, when our sense of self has fractured into a dozen different social-network platforms, when sex is something that requires logging in and a password, when we are competing for our lives with robots for jobs, and dark thoughts and forces have pervaded, syndicated, and colonized cyberspace, we might wish we’d paid more attention. As we set out on this journey, into the first quarter of the twenty-first century, what do we have now that we can’t afford to lose?(p. 303-304, The Cyber Effect)

          Here she talks at slightly more length on the subject..of "cyberpsychology"


          http://www.maryaiken.com/cyber-effect/

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          A Star Turned Into A Black Hole Before Hubble’s Very Eyes

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              "When a massive star expends its fuel, its core collapses into a dense object and sends the rest of its gas outward in an event called a supernova. What’s left is mostly neutron stars or black holes. And now, Hubble seems to have seen a supernova blink out — suggesting it captured the moment when a black hole took over.

              "While some supernova events are explosive and leave clouds of debris for thousands of years (aka nebula) like SN 1054, the star in question seems to have begun to explode and then had all its gas sucked right back into the black hole at the center. This can happen when the core collapse of the star is especially massive. Rather than exploding, the gas collapses directly into the core of the star.

              "Only a few of these so called “massive fails” (yes, that’s what they’re calling them) have been spotted, so astronomers are cautious about the results. But this particular star, located in the galaxy NGC 6946, was bright enough to see from 22 million light years away and faded in an instant, suggesting a massive stellar-mass black hole was the driving culprit."

              http://www.astronomy.com/news/2017/05/black-hole-s...

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              NASA Pics Of Jupiter's Weather, South Pole

              Storms and powerful magnetic fields

              In the first study, Juno mission principal investigator Dr Scott Bolton of the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio and colleagues investigated the giant planet's atmosphere and gravitational field.

              Imaging of the planet shows a chaotic scene of swirling cyclones and anticyclones at the poles, which the team interpret to be signs of giant weather systems caused by an upwelling of ammonia.

              "We're puzzled as to how they could be formed, how stable the configuration is, and why Jupiter's north pole doesn't look like the south pole," said Dr Bolton.


              "We're questioning whether this is a dynamic system, and are we seeing just one stage, and over the next year, we're going to watch it disappear, or is this a stable configuration and these storms are circulating around one another?"Storms and powerful magnetic fields

              In the first study, Juno mission principal investigator Dr Scott Bolton of the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio and colleagues investigated the giant planet's atmosphere and gravitational field.

              Imaging of the planet shows a chaotic scene of swirling cyclones and anticyclones at the poles, which the team interpret to be signs of giant weather systems caused by an upwelling of ammonia.

              "We're puzzled as to how they could be formed, how stable the configuration is, and why Jupiter's north pole doesn't look like the south pole," said Dr Bolton.

              "We're questioning whether this is a dynamic system, and are we seeing just one stage, and over the next year, we're going to watch it disappear, or is this a stable configuration and these storms are circulating around one another?"


              http://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2017-05-26/jupi...

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              NASA Juno Mission: Jupiter’s Giant Cyclones, Extreme Magnetism And Its Fluffy Core Revealed

              "Ten months after its nerve-wracking arrival at Jupiter, NASA’s Juno mission has started to deliver—forcing scientists to reevaluate what they thought they knew about the giant planet. The first findings from Juno, published in Science, indicate that many aspects of Jupiter have defied expectation—including the strength of its magnetic field, the shape of its core, the distribution of ammonia gas and the weather at its poles. It certainly makes this an exciting time to be a Jupiter scientist.

              "Juno arrived at Jupiter in July 2016, and began a long, looping first orbit that took it far out from the planet before zipping back in for its first scientific close-up (perijove) on August 27. It is this fleeting meeting that the new studies are based on. Today, despite initial problems with Juno’s engine and spacecraft software, the mission has settled into a regular pattern of close perijoves every 53.5 days—the sixth such flyby happened on May 19, the seventh will be on July 11.

              "Image showing Jupiter's south pole from 32,000 miles up. Oval features are cyclones up to 600 miles in diameter.NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Betsy Asher Hall/Gervasio Robles

              "One of Juno’s key strengths is its ability to peer through the overlying shroud of clouds to study the gases below, such as the cloud-forming substance ammonia. Flows of ammonia help form Jupiter’s distinctive features. The gas was expected to be well mixed, or drenched, below the topmost clouds. That idea has been turned on its head—the ammonia concentration is much less than expected.

              "Intriguingly, much of the ammonia is concentrated into an equatorial plume, rising from the depths of Jupiter to the cloud-tops due to some powerful up-welling force. Scientists are likening this to Earth’s Hadley cell, with plumes dredging ammonia up from hundreds of kilometres below.

              "We’ve known that ammonia is enhanced at Jupiter’s equator for some time, but we never knew how deep this column went. However, it’s important to remember that this is only one location on Jupiter, and that Earth-based infrared observations suggest that the plume may not be this strong elsewhere around Jupiter’s equator, but could be patchy. Only with more perijove passes will we begin to understand the strange dynamics of Jupiter’s tropics."

              https://www.yahoo.com/news/nasa-juno-mission-jupit...

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              DARPA Picks Design For Next-Generation Spaceplane

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                  DARPA has selected The Boeing Company to complete advanced design work for the Agency’s Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1) program, which aims to build and fly the first of an entirely new class of hypersonic aircraft that would bolster national security by providing short-notice, low-cost access to space. The program aims to achieve a capability well out of reach today—launches to low Earth orbit in days, as compared to the months or years of preparation currently needed to get a single satellite on orbit. Success will depend upon significant advances in both technical capabilities and ground operations, but would revolutionize the Nation’s ability to recover from a catastrophic loss of military or commercial satellites, upon which the Nation today is critically dependent.

                  http://www.darpa.mil/news-events/2017-05-24

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                  Alien Life Could Already Be In Our Solar System

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                      'Lead author Alexis Bouquet said: “The physical and chemical processes that follow radiolysis release molecular hydrogen, which is a molecule of astrobiological interest.”

                      'The radiation comes from elements like uranium, potassium and thorium — all of which are found in a group of rocky meteorites called chondrites.

                      'Pluto, as well as Saturn and Jupiter’s moons, is made up of chondrites.

                      'That means any ocean water permeating the porous rock of the core could be affected by radiolysis, producing molecular hydrogen and reactive oxygen compounds — the building blocks for life.

                      'NASA seems pretty convinced that Europa has a big ocean on it, and is planning to send a spaceship there to search for alien life.

                      'Lifeforms that have formed through radiolysis can be found closer to home.

                      'Bouquet said they have been found in extreme environments on Earth.

                      'These include a groundwater sample found nearly two miles deep in a South African gold mine and at hydrothermal vents on the ocean floor.

                      'Their existence suggests microbes could be found where rock and ocean meet in planets like Enceladus or Europa.

                      '“We know that these radioactive elements exist within icy bodies, but this is the first systematic look at the solar system to estimate radiolysis.'

                      http://nypost.com/2017/05/24/alien-life-could-alre...

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                      AT LAST !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                      Medical researchers have identified a compound that may reduce your risk of a dangerous type of heart rhythm that can lead to strokes, dementia, heart failure and early death -- chocolate.
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                      Stupid Tech

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                          What's IOT all about, making our lives completely hackable, an advanced Big Brother mechanism? There is rising awareness that security has to be built into systems from the beginning, but please allow me to mention a few basic and/or smple things that should just work, like in Star Trek:

                          Microsoft - MSFT, I just love to call them Misfits - keep on doing unneccessary stuff to their email. Now you have to look in Other to find the newest ones!? Last I checked, both Google Translator and Gmail sucked big time. Sometimes the last searches used to appear when I wanted to use Bing, not any more.

                          Why do they neglect the basics? Have they become financial enterprises with tech as an excuse for existing? Is the new, futuristic stuff so much more exciting and profitable that they forget what people use evey day?

                          I don't have much time left on this Earth, and don't have time to play with tech. Please just make it work!

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