Monday, October 10, 2022

Data used to be Gold now turned into Asbestos

We have to hand over documents that identify us all the time, whether we’re scanning our ID to get into a club, attaching our birth certificates to an application to rent a house, or linking our passports with an airline account to get rewards points. But as the recent Optus data breach shows, mishandling of this information can cause chaos.

So, where do we go from here? ‘The new asbestos’: Does the Optus hack spell the end for paper ID checks?

The Most Visited Website in Every Country (That Isn’t A Search Engine) 

Hostinger -“The World Wide Web has connected people and cultures from nearly every part of the globe. It’s given us instant access to news and media from every country and the tools to translate content from one language to another.

 But while it has introduced new forms and ideas on a global scale, the web has not succeeded in fully homogenizing its international users. Indeed, in recent years, commentary has focussed on how the internet polarizes different ways of thought. Meanwhile, the very purpose of going online remains a matter of cultural difference. 

For example, Peruvians spend more time streaming TV and movies than anyone else; Filipinos spend an average of four hours and 15 minutes on social media each day. Geoblocking hinders users in some countries from accessing certain websites, while great swathes of Asia and Africa aren’t online at all….we have identified and mapped the most visited website in every country around the world, and also the top news, banking, fashion, and food website in each region…”

Laughter is vital Aeon 

This miracle plant was eaten into extinction 2,000 years ago—or was it? National Geographic

R** And The Funniest Thing You’ll Read All WeekHeisenberg Report

Too Many Satellites: Astronomers Voice Concern Over Second-Gen Starlink PC Magazine

What Einstein and Bohr’s debate over quantum entanglement taught us about reality Big Think