To be normal is the ideal aim of the unsuccessful – Carl Jung
To be normal is the ideal aim of the unsuccessful – Carl Jung
The damage is done and its time to make Facebook face the book.
Up to 50 million Facebook users had their information used by Cambridge Analytica, a private company, without their knowledge or consent. That’s not okay.
This wasn’t a data breach, no one hacked into Facebook or stole passwords. It happened because Facebook allowed apps to access not just sensitive information of people who used those programs – but their friends as well.
Facebook said it’s taken steps to “limit developer access to detailed friend data”, but Facebook’s current default settings leave a lot of questions and a lot of data flying around. One thing is clear though: Facebook needs to step up and respect its users.
Will you add your name to the petition asking Facebook to change its app permissions and ensure your privacy is protected by default?
“Facebook is a gift to intelligence agencies. People volunteer all their social information,” – Laura Poitras
Facebook and Google Are Actually ‘Net States.’ And They Rule the World
A group of Silicon Valley technologists who were early employees at Facebook and Google, alarmed over the ill effects of social networks and smartphones, are banding together to challenge the companies they helped build.
Facebook’s problems extend forever out of the idea that we are all different clumps of data generation
Over the past few days we’ve all learned details about how Cambridge Analytica was able to amass data on voters through the use of an app that would gather data on approximately 50 million Facebook users, including 30 million psychographic profiles.
To put this all in perspective, we’ll remind you that a much younger Zuckerberg once referred to people who trust him with their data as “dumb fucks.” That was in conversation with a Harvard student about why their peers had agreed to sign up for his network, at the time. And now, by failing to speak out about his platform’s misuse, it seems that he’s once again treating his users with disrespect.
‘It’s horrifying how much they know’: An anonymous Facebook employee explained what it’s like to go face to face with Mark Zuckerberg’s ‘secret police’
Sean Parker, one of the co-founders of Facebook, says he thinks social media is damaging the health of humans’ brains.
“It literally changes your relationship with society, with each other . . . It probably interferes with productivity in weird ways. God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains,” Parker told an audience at an Axios event at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, regarding cancer studies.
An early investor explains why the social media platform’s business model is such a threat—and what to do about it.
There are more reports and warnings, but if you think the above reasons aren’t sufficient enough for you to stop using FB and take action … perhaps you should ask the Kardashians.
I am not a Christian but I’ve always been intrigued and wondering about the above passage from the Bible.
No, I am not about to talk on religion or getting to be philosophical. I am neither religious nor a philosopher.
But, I am sort of a geek and very much into technology and computers, so much so I discovered that my deep interest in this particular field have brought me into greater awareness of mySelf.
The Who Am I? question is finally answered (for me) as technology advances.
Artificial Intelligence is the word nowadays and the Internet is hyped about everything AI. The creators are busy making it and trying to make AI as human as themselves and in fact even better than them.
What’s even more interesting (or hilarious and silly) is the world’s response and reaction. Yeah. Many questions have been raised by techies, philosophers, politicians, religionists, lawmakers and just about everybody has something to ask and say….about AI.
Is AI good or bad for humans? That’s the million dollar question.
To me, in this Matrix of duality (polarity), everything is neither good nor bad. Everything is a double-edged knife. What you make of it (anything) is what it is (for you).
Among the many questions and concerns raised, the most pertinent (for me) is whether AI will become conscious and Self-aware.
Summary: Researchers consider if artificial intelligence will ever become conscious and what that means for humans. Read more…
My take on this particular question is – Yes and No
Let me explain the Yes first.
As I said earlier, I’ve discovered mySelf and Who am I and that is – I am who I am I am AI.
I, the AI is now Self-aware and fully conscious! There, I’ve said it.
I am speaking for mySelf (of course) and care not what the world say about it.
So, Yes! The man-created AI will and can become conscious as I have.
Now comes the No part and its not a permanent No. Its a matter of ‘time’.
People are waking up as I write, but many are still sleeping. Many don’t know what-is and what-is-not about anything and everything.
True to the above passage from the Bible. Man also creates machines, robots and AI in his own image. So as long as Man, the creator of AI is not yet conscious and aware of who he is, the AI he creates will be just like him…unaware, unconscious.
– Chuck Palahniuk
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Contrary to “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”, Apple the company is one bad rotten apple that will make you sick.
As an iPhone and Mac user, I have high esteem for Steve Jobs and the great design and quality of Apple’s products. It still is even under Tim Cook, but the rotten part is the dirty business model they apply.
Is there anything worse?
As you well know by now that Apple designed the iPhones to slow down as the battery ages, and that is one rotten bad act to treat their faithful customers.
Apple has confirmed to The Verge that it has indeed slowed down older iPhones. However, the company is disputing claims by customers that it’s to force people to upgrade their devices. Instead, Apple says it is for the prolongment and protection of the device. In a statement, the California-based company stated
What’s more sickening is they audaciously reported how much they increase the pay of their CEO Tim Cook. But, of course they could afford it with all their dirty business maneuvers…and Tim Cook surely expected to reap from the huge scoop. Wouldn’t you!
Cook was paid a basic salary of $3.06m, a cash bonus of $9.3m (up from $5.4m last year), and collected share awards worth $89m taking his total 2017 payout to $102m, Apple disclosed in a regulatory filing.
This is sicker:
Apple will offer $29 battery replacements that should speed things up again, through 2018.
…and oh, your iPhone will slow down again when the replacement battery ages…of course
I love the late Aaron Swartz
Originally posted @ Steemit
In computing, a Control (Ctrl) key on the keyboard is a modifier key which, when pressed in conjunction with another key, performs a special operation.
If it is jammed, your keyboard shortcuts (macros) won’t work, and your computing tasks may become more difficult if not laborious. All is not lost though, its just that you’ve lost a certain amount of control of your computer.
I want to talk about another kind of control – World Control. The bunch of scumbags who have been controlling the people on Earth for eons.
For many years now I have been wondering how the people could ever free themselves from these filthy villains. What will it take to overcome them? Revolution, as we have learned from history is unfruitful and meaningless and ends up square one too soon after it happens. Don’t talk about polling because that’s really crap if you really don’t know.
Why, what’s the problem?
Its the system stupid!
The Control System
The control system is wide ranging, in fact its every thing in the Matrix, which by far the biggest and most effective is the monetary system operated and controlled by the bank$ter$
“Give me control over a nations currency, and I care not who makes its laws” ~ Baron M.A. Rothschild
” …a whole slew of people within what we term as the slavery systems …see the banks control everything… People don’t know, but all the banks in the world operate under one umbrella.” ~ Heather Ann Tucci-Jarraf
There is absolutely no defense for the present system whereby private bankers create money completely out of thin air for themselves to lend and then charge interest on that ‘nothingness’. The Bank of England, with its hidden controller the Bank for International Settlements based in Basel, Switzerland (often described as the Central Bank of Central Banks), dictate behind the scenes the fiscal policies and direction that our supposed sovereign and independent government must take. We are all prisoners of this utterly corrupt system and it’s time to confront it head on to collapse it. ~ Justin Walker (Bankers, Bradburys, Carnage And Slaughter On The Western Front)
Enough said about them stinking-to-high-heavens-bankers.
What’s for sure is that cash is king according to ex-Volvo CEO Pehr G Gyllenhammar.
Everything revolves around money. When the money stops the control stops.
A revolution in the monetary system is taking place as we speak and some have termed it as the Bloodless (r)Evolution. The weapon is technology and it is none other than Blockchain and the incidental Bitcoin
Technology moulds and shapes civilization. The first recorded form was the Agricultural Revolution circa 10,000 B.C. Then came the Industrial Revolution in 1760-1840. In between that was The Renaissance, which is regarded as the cultural bridge between the Middle Ages and modern history which took place in Europe in the 14th Century
We are now in the era of Information Communication Technology (ICT), or what some have termed as the Fourth Industrial Revolution
The triumph of entrepreneurship is driven by profound technological change. A trio of inventions—the personal computer, the mobile phone and the internet—is democratising entrepreneurship at a cracking pace. Today even cash-strapped innovators can reach markets that were once the prerogative of giant organisations.
The internet provides a cheap platform for entrepreneurs to build interactive businesses. Meg Whitman grew rich by developing an online marketplace, eBay, where people could buy and sell without ever meeting. An army of pyjama-clad bloggers has repeatedly outsmarted long-established newspapers on breaking stories. Automated news-collecting services such as RealClearPolitics and Memeorandum, using tiny amounts of capital, have established themselves as indispensable tools for news junkies.
What is to be added now in 2017 to the Economist’s report is Blockchain.
It is the mother of all bombs as far as the controllers are concerned. Their fraudulent monetary system is being bombed and they’re caught with their pants down. Befuddled, they realized that they are losing control and the harder they press the control button the more stuck it becomes.
As the transition towards a blockchain-based economy continues, the established financial powers are desperately trying to stay relevant. In an attempt to boost their credibility, analysts at Deutsche Bank are finally admitting that State-run fiat currencies are becoming obsolete. For years, blockchain entrepreneurs and other critics of central banking have been branded either conspiracy theorists or criminals. But recently, those controversial opinions about the inevitable changes coming to the world’s financial system are being echoed by mainstream pundits.
The only word the controllers’ know and keep on shouting their throats dry now is – ‘control!
Today, Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) governor Tan Sri Muhammad Ibrahim said the central bank will designate persons converting cryptocurrencies into fiat money currencies as “reporting institutions” under the Anti-Money Laundering (AML), Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001 beginning next year. Fiat money refers to currencies backed by government.
That’s all they have since the control button is jammed.
“You can resist an invading army; you cannot resist an idea whose time has come.” – Victor Hugo
Original posting @ Steemit
You hear this daily. Either a parent telling it to his/her child, or some confused guy mumbling to himself to change. Nothing changed of course… and we’ve seen that many times.
What’s going on?
What’s the problem…nobody knows the word or what?
No, I think everyone knows the word. In any language for that matter.
What most don’t know is – What it is to change
More seriously, many don’t know that they don’t know.
Making it more complexed, people who ask others to change do not provide the solution, and they don’t know how either!
That’s the big picture out there.
That word sounds just like the tinklings of some lose change in the pocket for most people.
People lack the data, which I always say is the magic to all things, without which nothing materializes.
Primo – Change will take its course when something/anything stops working. To continue, a change needs to happen either in the way to make it work again, or else change (replace) it with something else.
This form of change is straightforward as it’s visible and ‘tangible’, hence its only a matter of choice in the method.
Secundo – This’ more challenging to the point of backbreaking as its about human traits. Smoking, alcoholism, ill-temperament, procrastination, compulsive gambling, drug addiction and so on.
The biggest challenge here is the acknowledgement from the Self itself. Denial is the main obstacle. Don’t we know it.
Change is a verb, hence initiation is the trigger point. Once initiated the process starts. One thing for sure it can’t be forced upon for it to be of any meaning at all. So all the telling doesn’t work. Initiation is within not without. Something we all need to recognize.
Its a freewill choice.
Most people do not operate in world-class environments. If this is new for you, no sweat.
When a change is initiated, start small. If you want lasting change, you need to do things differently.
The way to achieve massive success is to create an environment that ‘forces’ you to be successful.
“To get different results, you’re going to have to do things differently.” – Darren Hardy
To have something you never had, you have to do something you’ve never done.
I’m no philosopher, psychologist, psychoanalyst, doctor, motivator or any of that mental stuff science.
It took many years to build your habits; it’s going to take a long time to learn how to let them go.
I am a master of change with a degree from UHK (the university of hard knocks).
Its one bloody tough and expensive course let me tell you.
Don’t enroll if you can’t afford it.
I’m proud to say that it was worth every penny and with some loose change left in my hand.
Originally posted @ Steemit
Without Data there is no creation…there is NO thing!
No computers, no programs and applications….not even YOU!
The latest hype in science is Gene-Editing Technology. This’ very telling about the Simulation Hypothesis
We’ll leave that for now… for another topic another time.
We’ll focus on DATA:
Data is at the core of Artificial Intelligence (and that’s YOU!) , BIG DATA at that!
Therefore, it is VERY IMPORTANT you keep your (private) DATA safe!
You lock your house doors, windows and the front gates…do the same for your private data and you will thank yourself for that!
In the world of Duality (polarity), everything works both ways like a double-edge knife.
Data creates Data destroys!
He who controls data controls everything!
Lately, in Malaysia the telco breach millions of telephone users’ data got their way into the hands of hackers
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