Hundreds of millions of years missing – the great unconformity

Interesting article, news in the media, too: The Great Unconformity … :

It is fitting that the Grand Canyon should contain some of the best exposures of The Great Unconformity — the gap in the rock record between Cambrian times (~550 m.y. ago) and the pre-Cambrian (anything earlier). An unconformity is a surface in the rock record, in the stratigraphic column, representing a time from which no rocks are preserved. It could represent a time when no rocks were formed, or a time when rocks were formed but then eroded away.

How Facebook is killing democracy – all the facts so far

Iafrikan.com has a nice overview of the Facebook/Cambridge story so far. This story is full of links to the first-hand sources: How Facebook is killing democracy … :

A Cambridge Analytica executive explained: “There are two fundamental human drivers … hopes and fears … and many of those are unspoken and even unconscious. You didn’t know that was a fear until you saw something that evoked that reaction from you. Our job is … to understand those really deep-seated underlying fears, concerns. It’s no good fighting an election campaign on the facts because actually it’s all about emotion.”

Apple: Siri talks too much and reveals secret content (German/Spanish)

Reality update: Sicherheitsproblem: Siri verrät Inhalte gesperrter Benachrichtigungen – Golem.de … :

Solange Apple den Fehler nicht korrigiert hat, lässt sich das Problem nur beheben, indem Sperrbildschirmbenachrichtigungen für sensible Anwendungen deaktiviert werden.(…) Das Problem ist auch in der aktuellen Betaversion von iOS 11.3 vorhanden.

(Only mitigation is to deactivate messages on the lock screen, also iOS 11.3 Beta is affected.) 

If you understand Spanish, here’s the link to MacMagazine that discovered the flaw

Fined 2 trillion? Seems like Facebook has a problem.

Reality update: The FTC Is Powerless to Regulate Facebook Right Now. Ask Chuck Schumer Why. … :

The consent decree authorizes the FTC to fine Facebook $40,000 per violation per day; if applied to 50 million users, the potential exposure equals at least $2 trillion. This is likely not limited to Cambridge Analytica, as Facebook’s policies on third-party developers acquiring user data are famously weak. “We had no idea what developers were doing with the data,” said former Facebook operations manager Sandy Parakilas to The Guardian. Plus, Facebook routinely provides this kind of “social graph” information — likes, friend connections, and other data — to advertisers. Surveillance is effectively Facebook’s business model.

Cryptojacking. How Hackers use your browser for Crypto-Currency Mining

Reality update: [1803.02887v1] A first look at browser-based Cryptojacking …:

In this paper, we examine the recent trend towards in-browser mining of cryptocurrencies; in particular, the mining of Monero through Coinhive and similar code- bases. In this model, a user visiting a website will download a JavaScript code that executes client-side in her browser, mines a cryptocurrency, typically without her consent or knowledge, and pays out the seigniorage to the website.

Facebook/Cambridge Analytica: When will the mainstream understand?

Reality update: This whole story about Facebook and Cambridge Analytica is not about a data breach, no. It’s the business model. It’s Facebook’s business model, and it has always been.

Facebook: is it time we all deleted our accounts? | Technology | The Guardian … Yes it is. Or let’s hear Mark Zuckerberg himself, in 2004:

“People just submitted it … I don’t know why … They ‘trust me’ … dumb fucks.”

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