Cambridge Analytica’s data misuse may ultimately have had little effect in influencing elections here or abroad. But the way Cambridge Analytica obtained its data, and reports that the company held on to the data, despite telling Facebook it had deleted it, have renewed concerns about data privacy on the world’s biggest social network. After learning that data from a researcher’s personality quiz app had improperly been shared with Cambridge Analytica, Facebook took the company at its word that it had purged user profiles: “That to me was the most astonishing thing,” former employee Christopher Wylie told The Guardian. “They waited two years and did absolutely nothing to check that the data was deleted. All they asked me to do was tick a box on a form and post it back.”
But new research suggests that the changes Lagos has seen in the last 60 years may be nothing to what might take place in the next 60. If Nigeria’s population continues to grow and people move to cities at the same rate as now, Lagos could become the world’s largest metropolis, home to 85 or 100 million people. By 2100, it is projected to be home to more people than California or Britain today, and to stretch hundreds of miles – with enormous environmental effects.
Diving into the unthinkable cold truths of a nuclear war (from 2016, blackeagle)
Nuclear war offers a multitude of bad ways to die. The bulk of the initial deaths from a nuclear bomb come from the intense heat from the detonation itself, followed by the firestorms triggered by the blast. Extrapolating from the incendiary bomb attacks in World War II (Tokyo and Dresden being among the more infamous), the authors note, “the projected number of injured requiring medical treatment would be drastically reduced relative to that projected by blast scaling, as many injured that would otherwise require treatment would be consumed in the fires.” If not vaporized at the center of a blast, many of those who survive the initial moments would then promptly be burned alive by a raging super-fire extending for many kilometers from the hypocenter of the blast.
The reason I believe the gold and silver prices will start to take off when the stock markets begin to really plunge lower is due to the setup of these assets since the Fed’s Q3 policy at the end of 2012. Because the precious metals sold off from 2013 to 2016 and are still close to their lows, they are ripe for much higher prices. However, the real estate and stock markets are near their highs. Thus, we are going to experience one hell of a disconnect between the stock and real estate market and precious metals.. quite the opposite that took place after 2012.
The blog post came as Halderman, Heninger, and a raft of other researchers formally presented their academic paper detailing their findings to the 22nd ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security in Denver on Wednesday. The paper, titled “Imperfect Forward Secrecy: How Diffie-Hellman Fails in Practice,” received extensive media coverage in May when the paper was first released. Besides exposing the likely secret behind the NSA’s mass interception of encrypted communications, the paper also revealed a closely related attack that left tens of thousands of HTTPS-protected websites, mail servers, and other widely used Internet services open to less sophisticated eavesdroppers.
“For younger people who don’t have taxes top-of-mind, or have never invested before, they’re shocked,” said Cathie Wood, CEO & CIO at ARK Invest. “People had huge gains last year, and they don’t have enough in crypto to pay those.”
The results were striking: individuals who completed these tasks while their phones were in another room performed the best, followed by those who left their phones in their pockets. In last place were those whose phones were on their desks. We saw similar results when participants’ phones were turned off: people performed worst when their phones were nearby, and best when they were away in a separate room. Thus, merely having their smartphones out on the desk led to a small but statistically significant impairment of individuals’ cognitive capacity—on par with effects of lacking sleep.
The Yale study takes aim at this understanding, revealing the world isn’t neatly divided into the healthy or unhealthy, the ideal and the subpar. By analyzing a host of traits — from the beak shapes of specific bird species to psychological characteristics like our appetite for risk taking — the authors show that these qualities exist along a continuum, and separating the “normal” from the “weird” is usually impossible.
My 3-Point Checklist for Prospering in a Crash (Tiffany D.)
Now, I’m not saying the market is headed that way at the moment. But manufacturers, aluminum producers and steelmakers’ shares slid sharply lower this week over trade war concerns. Add to the mix worries over inflation, rising interest rates and falling technology shares … and you can see why the market has been so volatile lately.
What Trump’s New Appointment Means For Oil Prices (Michael S.)
John Bolton was a fierce supporter of the 2003 war in Iraq, and comes to the White House as an unreconstructed proponent of the invasion. In fact, one would be hard pressed to name a proposed war that he has not supported. In the past, he has repeatedly advocated for military conflict in both North Korea and Iran, preemptively, and that remains the case today.
The state of residential solar power (blackeagle)
On average, the power from the Sun striking the Earth’s surface is 175 W/m2. If we assume that 10 percent of this incident solar energy could be converted to electricity, supplying the energy used by the United States would require covering roughly two percent of the land in the US with solar cells—that’s roughly the area of North Dakota. Since this is about 30 times our available roof space, supplying the grid with electricity from the Sun means building large solar farms.
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