Thursday, September 15, 2016

Internet Moving Beyond Our Expectations

The single fact of existing is already a true happiness.
— Blaise Cendrars

The secret is to write just anything, to dare to write just anything, because when you write just anything, you begin to say what is important ...

 AI can recognise Your Face Even If You’re Pixelated Wired So wear a Guy Fawkes mask or glasses and a fake nose...

Are you lots of reading tweets, blog postings, online news site articles and viewing social media with scads of photos, charts, videos – all of which have you wondering, are these statements True, or are they, well, Lies (all the while talking to yourself out loud with a growing sense of agitation, concern and an impulse to eat lots of chocolate – or maybe not) – in any case, may I suggest you check in regularly with the Pulitzer Prize winning site PolitiFact – it will help you with your blood pressure, keep you informed, and provide you with facts – as we know, facts are helpful – very helpful. 

Goldman Sachs Isn’t That Worried About Technology Destroying Your Job Bloomberg

… The Unexpectedly Existential Roots of Adjective Order -- Science of Us 

Retail therapy: NSW taps DTO Digital Marketplace  

Spy Agency To Pilot Insider-Threat Hunting Tech Nextgov

Internet Tracking Has Moved Beyond Cookies FiveThirtyEight

How internet pirates became a political force in Iceland New Statesman

HONG KONG’S DEMOCRACY: As explained by The Economist. (If you hit a paywall, try this.)

The Killer Cats Are Winning! NYRB

Glass Half Full: The Decline and Rebirth of the Legal Profession

Jeremy Blachman and Cameron Stracher’s satire on legal education, The Curve (reviewed here and here), is being developed for television by NBC. [Variety]
Netflix is doubling down on legal documentaries; now they are taking on the Amanda Knox case. [Huffington Post]

HMRC to undergo major reorganisation  

Another day, another massive cyberattack. This time, it’s from Rambler, a Russian website and email service that’s essentially a version of Yahoo. The hack dates back to 2012, and 98 million accounts had their information exposed, including usernames, email addresses and passwords, according to LeakedSource, a data breach monitoring service. Surprisingly, the Russian service didn’t encrypt any sensitive data, so it was easy for hackers to discern people’s passwords and information once they breached the database. In theory, it also means a malicious hacker could log into an account. The cyberattack is the latest in a recent string of data breaches. A Russian social media site,, was hacked in late 2012 or early 2013 and exposed the data for its entire user base. Recently, the details of 70 million Dropbox accounts, from a breach dating back to 2012, were also leaked online. The music service Last.FM was also attacked that year, affecting 48 million users. LinkedIn and Myspace were also hacked in 2012.