Here’s how data thieves have captured our lives on the internet
‘Metadata are, literally, “data about data”. In the case of a mobile phone, they are the numbers called by the handset, the duration of calls, the geographical location of the phone during the call, etc.
‘In the case of an email, the metadata include the email addresses of sender, addressee, others cc’d, the date and time of dispatch and so on. In web browsing, metadata include a user’s clickstream – ie a list of the URLs visited – and the IP address of the computer running the browser. Hague, Sir Malcolm Rifkind et al maintain that collecting metadata is innocuous because it does not involve reading the content of communications. For that a warrant – with the usual supposedly legal procedures and safeguards – is required. So everything is hunky-dory…’
1,058 People Determined to Die on Mars
They Are Serious About Living on Mars Until They Die
‘In its highly publicized search to find people for a private manned mission to the Red Planet, Mars One has winnowed down its applicant pool of 200,000 to 1,058 candidates — all of whom are serious about living out the rest of their lives on another planet.
‘Headed up by Dutch entrepreneur Bas Lansdorp, Mars One, which claims to be a non-profit entity, plans to launch a one-way mission to Mars. Lansdorp says he can put a permanent crew of six on our neighboring planet by 2023, and he will continue to shuttle more settlers every few years. The colony would be outfitted with livable habitats, greenhouses, rovers and everything else a human would need to survive on an oxygen-free, resourceless dust bowl. There’s only one requirement: You must be at least 18 years old…’
A Stunning Facebook Comment
‘How do you respond to someone basically admitting to you that they are too stupid, too slow and dim-witted, and too incurious to bother to try and figure out what you said?
‘At the end of a very long and typically unproductive Facebook ‘conversation’ during which all I did was ask a simple question over and over I received the response quoted below. (no scrolling down! spoilers! you must read the setup first.)
‘The long thread was in response a the posting of the Carl Sagan clip where he warns of ‘charlatans, religious or political’ taking advantage of anti-science attitudes to take and abuse power…’
4 Gaming YouTube Channels You Need To Subscribe To
‘Video games on YouTube are a big deal. Plenty of interesting personalities use the service as a way of getting their thoughts out to the public. We’ve already looked at some classic gaming YouTube shows you need to follow, some of the best video game reviewers, and VideoGamer.com’s funniest videos. Now, we are going to take a look at some of the best general gaming channels that will keep you entertained for hours on end through engaging video game content…’