Glitch Lets Access to Facebook, YouTube
If a hacker caused the glitch, he might not realized that he made a great ad for western democracy
‘China blocks most foreign social networking sites (SNS) out of fear that unfettered access would lead to instability. Chinese SNS firms have filled the void by offering similar products that censor topics the government may find sensitive.
‘”I can suddenly access YouTube! No need to breach the firewall!” Weibo user Arvin Xie posted on Tuesday.
‘Weibo is a microblogging platform, similar to Twitter, that allows users to post short messages and follow other users.
‘Internet users including students on university campuses reported that they were able to access YouTube, Facebook and Twitter on their mobile phones and desktops in the afternoon and evening on Monday and Tuesday.
“‘I used Facebook for the first time yesterday,” Zhang Wenjin, 23, a student at Shanghai’s prestigious Jiao Tong University told Reuters on Tuesday.
‘”I went on and took a look. I’m sure there were suddenly a lot of people who signed up on Facebook yesterday,” Zhang said, adding that she had also signed up for an account.
‘It is unclear what caused the crack in China’s Great Firewall, as the blocking of websites and censoring of search results for politically sensitive terms is known, or how widespread it was…’
Stupidity of Voters
Researchers said that people aren’t smart enough for democracy to flourish once again suggesting that stupidity is the root of all problems
‘The democratic process relies on the assumption that citizens (the majority of them, at least) can recognize the best political candidate, or best policy idea, when they see it. But a growing body of research has revealed an unfortunate aspect of the human psyche that would seem to disprove this notion, and imply instead that democratic elections produce mediocre leadership and policies.
‘The research, led by David Dunning, a psychologist at Cornell University, shows that incompetent people are inherently unable to judge the competence of other people, or the quality of those people’s ideas. For example, if people lack expertise on tax reform, it is very difficult for them to identify the candidates who are actual experts. They simply lack the mental tools needed to make meaningful judgments…’
“Bomb Iran” Billboard Turns Heads
‘I wish that I could post a good deal more on solutions, but solutions isn’t always an easy topic.
‘I mean, we vote, we write our Congressmen, we sign petitions, and sometimes we take to the streets in protest, but we are rather limited in our options for stopping a moving train.
‘The best option we have is to try and raise awareness. To speak up. A group of friends in Utah is doing just that…’
Possible Craziest Ends to Civilizations
‘Unless you’ve been living under a large rock (or, for that matter, a fallen meteoroid) for the majority of your life, you’re probably uncomfortably aware that humanity, as a whole, just doesn’t seem to be too confident about its ongoing survival. Let’s face it: here on Earth we spend a wildly disproportionate amount of time worrying about all sorts of cataclysmic events blowing us all to Kingdom Come, ranging from ancient Mayan calendars, to zombies or robots gone wrong, all the way up to international wars, global warming and unfortunate cosmic collisions.
‘Rather than reassure you of the relatively low probability of you actually experiencing these calamities within your dwindling mortal lifespan, we’d like to take the time to remind you that it isn’t only the disasters you’re aware of which can well and truly ruin your day.
‘And because we’re making these changes, over time we’ll be able to improve our products in ways that help our users get the most from the web.
‘While we’ve undertaken the most extensive user education campaign in our history to explain the coming changes, we know there has been a fair amount of chatter and confusion.
‘Here are a few important points to bear in mind:…’