Archive for May, 2017

“Facebook sells you out, because that’s exactly how they make money.”

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

Salim Virani: Get your loved ones off Facebook.

“Facebook is demanding to track what you buy, and your financial information like bank account and credit card numbers. You’ve already agreed to it in the new Terms Of Service. It’s already started sharing data with Mastercard. They’ll use the fact that you stayed on Facebook as “permission” to make deals with all kinds of banks and financial institutions to get your data from them. They’ll call it anonymous, but like they trick your friends to reveal your data to the third-parties with apps, they’ll create loopholes here too.

Facebook is also insisting to track your location via your phone’s GPS, everywhere and all the time. It’ll know exactly who you spend your time with. They’ll know your habits, they’ll know when you call in sick at work, but are really out bowling. “Sal likes 2pm Bowling at Secret Lanes.” They’ll know if you join an addict support group, or go to a psychiatrist, or a psychic, or a mistress. They’ll know how many times you’ve been to the doctor or hospital, and be able to share that with prospective insurers or employers. They’ll know when you’re secretly job hunting, and will sell your endorsement for job sites to your friends and colleagues – you’ll be revealed.

They’ll know everything that can be revealed by your location, and they’ll use it however they want to make a buck.

And – it’ll all be done retrospectively. If you stay on Facebook past January 30th, there’s nothing stopping all of your past location and financial data to get used.”

Link via Garret, who asks: “So, where shall we go, peeps?” – I think most people I’m connected with on FB know about my weblog, or we write emails, or we use Telegram or even Threema to keep in touch. I ripped off the band-aid with WhatsApp last year and haven’t missed it at all. Maybe it’s time for the next step?

“I now actually have something in common with Donald Trump because I, too, preferred my previous life before he became president.”

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO): Stupid Watergate. (YouTube, 24min) In which John Oliver answers the questions “What the fuck is going on? How big a deal is this? Where do we go from here? Is this real life?”

Link via MetaFilter: It has been _0_ days since the last Trump disaster.

Noch ein Sonntagskuchen mit Rhabarber

Sunday, May 21st, 2017

Weil beim Essen kochen zwei Eiweiß übrig geblieben sind und ich sie nicht einfach wegwerfen wollte, habe ich heute diesen Ribisel-Kuchen gebacken, aber mit Rhabarber statt Johannisbeeren. Die Rhabarbermenge hätte ruhig mehr sein können als die angegebenen 250g, aber ansosten ist der Kuchen sehr lecker – Empfehlung! Im Verhältnis von Aufwand zu lecker gewinnt er fast gegen diesen und diesen Rhabarberkuchen, die ich dieses Jahr schon gebacken habe.

“Could it be Rick?”

Saturday, May 20th, 2017

The Atlantic: In the Land of Missing Persons. “Two families, two bodies, and a wilderness of secrets.” By Alex Tizon.

“They found what was left of him in the spring of 2014. Firefighters battling a huge blaze on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula first spotted a boot in the dirt. Then they noticed some bones scattered across a wide grassy area. Fire crews in Alaska are used to seeing the bones of moose, caribou, bears, and other large creatures that live and die in these woods. So it wasn’t until crew members found a human skull that they stopped to consider that the pieces might go together. The skull was resting on its side, the face angled toward the ground. A few blackened molars clung to the upper jaw. The lower jaw was missing.”

Six headlines in twelve hours

Friday, May 19th, 2017

The Washington Post: The White House’s absolutely brutal night, in 6 headlines.

“For any president, one of these headlines would be very bad news. For President Trump, they all came in a span of 12 hours:
[…]
So here’s a quick summary of why each of these stories is significant, and what it means going forward.”