It’s Worse Than You Think: Tracking Apps

2017/12/14

(FTB stderr) – Marcus Ranum:

There is a vast infrastructure of sneaky, nasty, deceptive code that is deployed by marketers to infect your browser so they can track everything you are doing. This reduces your ability to trust your browser tremendously, since you (naturally!) have no idea what it’s doing: it is not your browser. And, there is a similar vast infrastructure of evil running on your smartphone, sucking your battery life, tracking your location, monitoring the sounds around you, and eating your bandwidth and performance to transmit all that to dozens of companies: it is not your smartphone.

You’re just paying for it. …

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Big-Brother mobile Phones

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Roy Moore Lost Because Christians are Better than the Bible

2017/12/14

(ValerieTarico.com) – Valerie Tarico:

All manner of behavior and misbehavior can be and have been justified from the contradictory stories and commandments between the Bible’s covers. Men like Roy Moore who think they speak for God, who think their end justifies any means, play this to their own advantage.

Fortunately, most Christians are better than that. …

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Alien Spacecraft Oumuamua?

2017/12/13

(Independent) – Andrew Griffin:

The Breakthrough Listen team is using the Green Bank radio telescope in West Virginia, US, to study Oumuamua, which is named after the Hawaian term for “scout” or “messenger”. …

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Oumuamua

How Neutrinos Could Solve The Three Greatest Open Questions In Physics

2017/12/13

(Starts With A Bang!) – Ethan Siegel:

A detailed look at the Universe reveals that it’s made of matter and not antimatter, that dark matter and dark energy are required, and that we don’t know the origin of any of these mysteries. …

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Detailed Universe

Julius Caesar: Act 3, Scene 2 (part 1)

2017/12/12

(Good Tickle Brain) – Mya Gosling:

Let’s get those speeches started! First we have Brutus‘s prose preaching. …

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Mya Gosling: Julius Caesar: Act 3, Scene 2 (part 1)

Mint 18.3: The Best Linux Desktop

2017/12/12

(ZDNet) – Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols:

I run many operating systems every day, from macOS, to Windows 7 and 10, to more Linux desktop distributions than you can shake a stick at. And, once more, as a power-user’s power user, I’ve found the latest version of Linux Mint to be the best of the best. …

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Linux Mint 18 Cinnamon

A Flagrant Bigot for U.S. Senate

2017/12/12

(The Intercept) – Shaun King:

It’s hard to know a moment in history when you are in it. The human ability to grasp the weight and gravity and consequence of an event, while it unfolds, is fleeting. History, as it turns out, is seen most clearly in retrospect. …

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New York Post and New York Daily News on Nov. 22, 2017

The Degradation of the G.O.P.

2017/12/12

(New Yorker Comment) – Amy Davidson Sorkin:

In less than a year, the President, with help from the Alabama Senate candidate, has so damaged the Party that it may never recover. …

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Tom Bachtell: Roy Moore and Donald Trump

The Largest Black Hole Merger Of All-Time Is Coming

2017/12/11

(Starts With A Bang!) – Ethan Siegel:

Over in Andromeda, the nearest large galaxy to the Milky Way, a number of unusual systems have been found.

One of them, J0045+41, was originally thought to be two stars orbiting one another with a period of just 80 days. When additional observations were taken in the X-ray, they revealed a surprise: J0045+41 weren’t stars at all. Instead, Trevor Dorn-Wallenstein’s team discovered a distant supermassive black hole pair, purely by coincidence.

Powerful relativistic effects will cause this orbit to decay, leading to a merger within 1,000 years. …

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Jodie Foster: “I make movies to figure out who I am”

2017/12/11

(Guardian Film) – Tim Adams:

Directing a new Black Mirror film gives Jodie Foster the chance to look back at her own upbringing. …

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