Monday, July 31, 2023

Self-healing metal can repair itself just like human skin

Doctors and independent MPs say despite Labor’s reassurances, work should have been conducted by public servants and a clear conflict of interest exists

In late 2020, an alarming file began circulating in the Department of Home Affairs. The file, from money-laundering watchdog AUSTRAC, raised the spectre that a number of senior Nauruan politicians might be involved in corruption using a series of Australian bank accounts.

These were not just any Pacific politicians. They were Nauru’s gatekeepers, people who had the power to dictate the direction of a policy cherished by both the Coalition and Labor: offshore refugee processing.

Boats, borders and bad guys: How a super department has come unstuck

 Putin’s useful idiots and clowns 🤡

Self-healing metal can repair itself just like human skin ZME Science

Your Phone Isn’t Spying on You to Show You Ads (It’s Worse Than That) Your iPhone is not eavesdropping on your conversations to sell you things. It’s actually much worse. Your phone is listening to you at all times, sort of. If it wasn’t, personal assistant apps wouldn’t be able to spring into action when you say “Siri” or “Alexa.” Storing your voice as many assume, your apps, phone, watch, game system, computer, and probably your oven are greedily collecting every data point they possibly can, including but not limited to your:

  • Location information (both through your device’s location settings and IP address)
  • Search history
  • Browsing history
  • Purchase history
  • Physical interactions (that is, how you physically use your device)

This information, taken as a whole, is way more valuable and useful than whatever you talk about, and basically anyone who wants to can buy it. Advertising companies don’t, as a rule, connect this data to anything that can specifically identify you (like your name and address). That wouldn’t be hard to do, but there isn’t much in it for advertisers. They know everything you do, 24 hours a day, so what difference does your name make? The process itself is called fingerprinting, and it allows advertisers to track you across sites and apps. The scary world of online behavioral advertising – A few basic data points would be all anyone would need to get a rough idea of how to advertise to you. 

If your location is “Beverly Hills” and you recently spent an hour looking at the Lexus website, you’re probably a rich guy in the market for a new car. In olden times, that’s all they’d need to target you, maybe with a billboard in your neighborhood or something. But online behavioral advertising collects so much other information—you bought a tent last month, you watched Star Trek on Sunday night—that targeting becomes scarily precise, to the point that it can feel supernatural.”