Saturday, March 30, 2013

Stories that suggest that the end of the world is nigh (or should be)

All your Facebook belong to us.

There are many "silent listeners" in social networks that collect people's "Likes" and other online behaviors so that the information can be sold discretely to third parties. Facebook, Google, and all other social networks, also collect such behavioral information.
While the companies say that their behavioral Big Data is stripped of users' names, it is possible to use other databases such as electoral records, demographic information, and location data, to identify individuals by name.
It's essentially a secret dossier on more than a 1 billion social network users. 


the "kids these days are not like we were" factoid of the day:

Mary Wollstonecraft and William Godwin, two of the eighteenth century's most radical and prominent thinkers, married on this day in 1797. Many contemporaries reacted to news of the event with a raised eyebrow or smile, given that both bride and groom had been famously outspoken against contemporary marriage habits and laws....Wollstonecraft was five months pregnant at her marriage, and she died just ten days after giving birth to her daughter, Mary, whom Godwin would disown when she attempted, at age sixteen, to use her parents' principles to justify entering into a free-love relationship with Shelley


. Dave barry links to a story about Autonomous robot jellyfish being developed for military surveillance ---------------------------------

 Dave Barry also reminds you: Happy National Cleavage Day. And the photo of the winner is here.


first there were Kosher Easter Eggs, and now there are Halal Easter eggs.


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