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One No Trump

Posted on June 27th, 2016 at 14:55 by John Sinteur in category: News

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In the card game of bridge, the teams bid to have one suit rank higher than the others. This is called the trump suit. However, a contract of, say, one no trump means that the bidders will aim to win seven tricks (rounds) if there is no trump suit. Statisticians Andrew Gelman and Jonathan Falk undertook a study to see if professional bridge players were now consciously or unconsciously bidding “no trump” more often as a result of Donald Trump’s campaign. To draw their conclusions, they studied a major American tournament, whose players are presumably keenly aware of The Donald, and a major Dutch tournament, where the players are presumably much less aware of him. The conclusion of their paper is that the Americans bid “no trump” 29% of the time, vs. 26% for the Dutch.

Actually, the paper was a satire on how people lie using statistics, although the data are real. (V)


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Police, firefighters called in after flat Earth debate turns heated

Posted on June 27th, 2016 at 10:47 by John Sinteur in category: News

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A family argument over whether the Earth is flat or round became so heated that one of the participants threw a propane cylinder onto a campfire, prompting an intervention by firefighters.

The dispute over a question most considered resolved centuries ago boiled over around 10:30 p.m. Monday at St. Lawrence Park in Brockville, Ont.

Police said a 56-year-old Brockville man was at a campsite with his son and his son’s girlfriend when the woman began insisting that the Earth is flat.

The older man insisted the Earth is round.

It’s not clear if anyone at the campfire put forth the argument that the Earth’s equatorial bulge makes it not perfectly round, but instead a shape known as an oblate spheroid.

I love it when a journalists takes the opportunity to troll.


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  1. Ha! They’re all wrong! Everyone know the Earth is cube-shaped.

    Yes, my name IS Bizarro, why?

Pope says Church should ask forgiveness from gays for past treatment

Posted on June 27th, 2016 at 10:36 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Pope Francis said on Sunday that Christians and the Roman Catholic Church should seek forgiveness from homosexuals for the way they had treated them.

Speaking to reporters aboard the plane taking him back to Rome from Armenia, he also said the Church should ask forgiveness for the way it has treated women, for turning a blind eye to child labor and for “blessing so many weapons” in the past.

In the hour-long freewheeling conversation that has become a trademark of his international travels, Francis was asked if he agreed with recent comments by a German Roman Catholic cardinal that the Church should apologize to gays.

Francis looked sad when the reporter asked if an apology was made more urgent by the killing of 49 people at a gay club in Orlando, Florida this month.

He recalled Church teachings that homosexuals “should not be discriminated against. They should be respected, accompanied pastorally.”

In early 2015 the Pope personally supported a referendum against marriage equality in Slovakia. The government had previously removed legal protections for same-sex married couples, and the church attempted to double down by banning same-sex marriages and adoptions entirely, but lost the vote. Same-sex couples can only be quasi-married in Slovakia thanks to the Pope.

In late 2015 Slovenia legalized same-sex marriage and the Pope personally supported a referendum to strike down that law, which succeeded. Same-sex couples cannot get married in Slovenia thanks to the Pope.

And yet I don’t see him asking forgiveness for those actions. Hypocrite.


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Tennessee Lawmakers We Need To Chat

Posted on June 26th, 2016 at 17:19 by John Sinteur in category: News


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  1. “Stacey Campfield?” You cannot be serious, George!

Nicola Sturgeon: Scottish parliament could block Brexit

Posted on June 26th, 2016 at 16:39 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Nicola Sturgeon has suggested that the Scottish parliament could block the passage of legislation necessary for the UK to leave the EU.

In an interview with the Sunday Politics Scotland, she said that “of course” she would consider asking the Scottish parliament to vote down the legislative consent motions required for the legislation.

In her fifth major political interview of the morning, Scotland’s first minister told the show’s host, Gordon Brewer: “If the Scottish parliament is judging this on the basis of what’s right for Scotland, then the option of saying we’re not going to vote for something that’s against Scotland’s interests, that’s got to be on the table. You’re not going to vote for something that is not in Scotland’s interests.”


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  1. Likewise, the British part of their system can refuse to allow another referendum.
    It’s a mess – lots of people seem to see compromise as a bad thing.

    On the bright side, I can understand the reluctance of the Leave leaders to start taking their unexpected responsibility. History has shown that people who led the first wave of a revolution will be in trouble.

    Successive waves of discontent will eliminate them, they can never be extreme enough…

US Customs wants to collect social media account names at the border

Posted on June 26th, 2016 at 9:44 by John Sinteur in category: News

 

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The proposal focuses on arrival / departure forms commonly collected from non-citizens at the US border, as well as the electronic form used for anyone entering the country under a visa waiver. Under the proposed changes, those forms would include a new optional data field prompting visitors to “please enter information associated with your online presence,” followed by open fields for specific platforms and screen names.

 

Okay, here it is:

‘Robert’); DROP DATABASE;–‘


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  1. Naughty!

Brexit

Posted on June 25th, 2016 at 12:29 by John Sinteur in category: News

FBiJuRX


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  1. Who’s going to panic. I notice the EU is being very catty, asking Britain to separate as soon as possible.

    The separation should be well coordinated. The EU leaders are idiots! It’s no wonder that Britain voted for independence from their control.

  2. On the other hand the vote is a triumph for xenophobic Brits, and those who mistakenly believe the UK (or the Disunited K as it will soon become) has any kind of world role – other than as a money laundering centre of excellence.

  3. I think money laundering occurs everywhere, mostly by global banks. Perhaps, the vote is against money laundering then? Not necessarily a bad outcome.

    I don’t believe the UK has dreams of world domination. That role is reserved for the banks and corporations.

  4. @Will: Trouble is, the EU leaders are in a vile mood. They must blame Cameron personally and Britain in general for bringing this unnecessary trouble upon them. They could be nasty, I think. Which, compounded with the fact that no-one in Britain has a clue what to do now, gives them a negotiating advantage. It is going to be “interesting”.

    And as for money-laundering, Britain is by far the jurisdiction where most of the serious stuff goes on – according to the sample from the Panama Papers its mostly in its offshore dependencies.

    Britain itself is where the laundered money is spent 🙂

The Mill

Posted on June 24th, 2016 at 19:11 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Until now, automotive content has often been dictated or hampered by car availability, model revisions, limited access to locations and footage that can quickly become irrelevant. In collaboration with JemFX, Performance Filmworks and Keslow, The Mill has created The Mill BLACKBIRD® which sets out to transform the way automotive advertising is made – it’s a car rig that can be shot at any time, in any location, without the need to rely on a physical car.

The Mill BLACKBIRD® is able to quickly transform its chassis to match the exact length and width of almost any car. Powered by an electric motor, it can be programmed to imitate acceleration curves and gearing shifts and the adjustable suspension alters ride height, rigidity and dampening to replicate typical driving characteristics.

I’m glad that the car industry is well known for NEVER exaggerating the capabilities of their cars, so I guess this will never work… oh wait..


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  1. Incidental music :

    (http://bit.ly/28TNNrG)

    😉

Brexit: Briten googeln, was der Ausstieg bedeutet – SPIEGEL ONLINE

Posted on June 24th, 2016 at 14:54 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Mit dieser Meldung sicherte sich Google in der Nacht zum Freitag reichlich Aufmerksamkeit: Morgens um 2:28 Uhr twitterte der Statistikdienst Google-Trends, dass es in Großbritannien am Donnerstagabend einen starken Anstieg von Suchanfragen nach den Folgen eines EU-Austritts gebe. Wussten die Briten zuvor womöglich nicht, worüber sie abstimmen?


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  1. The British knew what they were voting for. Now, they want to know how much the 1% will charge for their vote for independence.

  2. Always a great idea to do your studying after the exam.

    No, Will, the British did not know what we were voting for. We voted for a concoction of fantasies and unrealistic expectations peddled by a bunch of right-wing self-interested demagogues to a surprisingly naive electorate.

    The dominoes could easily fall now. The EU project could fall apart completely and the UK too. Scotland and Northern Ireland voted solidly for Remain and are not remotely pleased by the result. Scotland will secede and the IRA will rise again unless we are all very lucky.

  3. @porpentine: You have my sympathy. This is going to be even messier than the referendum campaign. And longer.

  4. The EU project is not going to fall apart. Britain was never in the Euro or in the Schengen Area, they were the biggest euroskeptics in the EU. Now that they’re gone, that removes the biggest obstacle to further EU integration for the remaining countries, and actually makes it more likely that the EU will get centralized economic policy–which is widely said to be necessary to make the Euro work better.

    So ironically the UK may actually have done the EU a favor.

  5. I don’t disagree. But it is that very “further integration” that has spooked the UK, or should I say England outside London and Wales. One of the myths mentioned above is that the

  6. I don’t disagree. But it is that very “further integration” project that has spooked the UK, or should I say England (outside London) and Wales. One of the myths mentioned above is that the UK was the last one standing against a previous attempt, through war that time, to integrate Europe. Some project that was.

    Maybe, as you say, we have done Europe a favour. I wonder how they look at it in Greece, Denmark, Sweden etc. The xenophobic right is on the rise in many places, as you well know. France was within some nifty tactical voting of giving real power to the Front National.

    Another long held meme is that Germany went collectively mad in following the Fuehrer. All forgiven now (mostly) and Germany is in some ways the most democratic and humane of the remaining countries. But how could they have fallen so completely insane? I fear, in voting as strangely against our own best interests, a parallel insanity has just taken place.

    Irony on ironies.

  7. Seems like a lot of “Chicken Little” to me. I doubt the forecast outcomes really occur. Check again in a year.

    By the same logic, the US should continue with trade treaties that cost people their jobs. I don’t think so!

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal

Posted on June 23rd, 2016 at 22:41 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Apollo 19 Saturn V stage arrives at Infinity Science Center for display

Posted on June 22nd, 2016 at 21:26 by John Sinteur in category: News

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A massive, 40-year-old relic left over from NASA’s Apollo moon program has landed a new mission as a roadside attraction on one of the United States’ most traveled highways.

Drivers taking Interstate 10 to enter Mississippi from Louisiana on Tuesday (June 21) were the first to catch sight of the newly-delivered Saturn V first stage parked outside the Infinity Science Center, the visitor center for the nearby NASA Stennis Space Center in Pearlington, Mississippi.

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Every few months a little device in my pocket, still called a “phone” for some reason, using a network of satellites to pinpoint the exact time and my location on Earth, alerts me that if I step outside in a few minutes, I can witness a freaking Space Station flying overhead, a station that has been continuously occupied by humans over fifteen years.

We keep this station occupied via a series of rocket launches, both crewed and uncrewed. Some of these uncrewed rockets are launched by commercial enterprises. Those same companies will soon be launching crewed rockets to the station and beyond.

Work is being done on the next generation of space craft that will hopefully send us back to the moon, to asteroids, and on to Mars. Those things are still a long way off, but they’re being worked on.

Up until a year or so ago Pluto was a blurry dot in even the best photographs. Now we have high resolution closeups.

We have a bunch of robots on Mars and will soon be sending more.

There is a spaceship still orbiting Saturn. Saturn.

We have craft currently orbiting Mercury, Venus (I think?), Mars, The Moon, Ceres.

We have sent spacecraft beyond the solar system. One of them has a dick drawn on it.

Spacecraft have landed, or sort-of-crash-landed on, and taken photographs of the surface of, The Moon, Mars, Venus, Titan, a freakin’ comet, and couple of asteroids.

Astronauts tweet and post photos from space. One of them recorded a music video.

Some dude who, among other things, makes amazing electric cars has a good chance of sending humans to Mars in the near future. Some of his billionaire buddies are doing similar things.

Space is still super exciting to me.


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  1. We’re outsourcing everything else. Why don’t we just pay China to do it?

  2. Yes space is very exciting, but I would have preferred the electric car dude spent his money closer to home.
    two thirds of the world is ocean, only 15% of that ocean is mapped. Finding out what is down there to me is at least as exciting as exploring space and way more useful for mankind in the short run.(we need 3 billion $ to properly map the oceans, very little compared to the cost of space exploration)

74% of Netflix Subscribers Would Rather Cancel Their Subscription Than See Ads

Posted on June 22nd, 2016 at 16:01 by John Sinteur in category: News

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In remarkably large numbers, our respondents claimed that they would indeed cancel Netflix over ads. Nearly three quarters of respondents – 74%, to be exact – said they’d be done with Netflix if ads debuted on the service.

Our survey offered a comment section, and those that took advantage of it overwhelmingly used it to voice their disapproval for ads. A noticeable minority resorted to profanity to voice their displeasure. Clearly, ads on Netflix would upset a lot of users, and plenty of them were happy to have the chance to say just how quickly they’d ditch the streaming leader.

Whether all of these users would follow through on their threats to cancel the service if Netflix did indeed get ads is an open question, but if even a fraction of them did, the company would lose a lot of revenue in their quest to do the opposite. Netflix’s users are sending the service a pretty clear message: if the service starts selling ads, customers would consider leaving.

Or, as one respondent put it: “WTF, I would cancel immediately.”


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  1. I would rather chew my own leg off than see ads. And most non-Netflix TV seems to be an undisguised promo for some crap or other. Not to mention “Lifestyle” TV.

    I carry a TV-B-Gone and turn off TVs installed in waiting areas wherever I go. No-one notices except me. (My excuse is that I have an anger management disorder and it’s less disruptive than a baseball bat 🙂

  2. I chose Netflix over Hulu, guess why. If Netflix had ads, guess what? Nuff said!

Online gun shop sells 30,000 AR-15 assault rifles in one week

Posted on June 21st, 2016 at 18:45 by John Sinteur in category: News

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An online gun store based in the United States sold more than 30,000 AR-15 assault rifles in one seven-day period.

Hunter’s Warehouse, based in Bellevue, Pennsylvania, claims that since the killing of 49 people in the Orlando nightclub shooting, the AR-15 has proved popular with buyers.

A semi automatic relation of the military M-16 assault rifle, the AR-15 was used in the mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, San Bernadino Inland Regional Centre and Pulse nightclub in Orlando.


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  1. Enough to start a medium sized war…

  2. That’s one of the problems we’re going to need to solve.

    There are supposedly close to 4 million AR15s legally owned by civilians in the US. I don’t believe that number includes other similar tactical rifles.

A snippet from today’s Times diary

Posted on June 21st, 2016 at 18:06 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Brexit Song (Fuck the EU) – from John Oliver Last Week Tonight

Posted on June 21st, 2016 at 13:14 by John Sinteur in category: News


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After 176 years, Indian photography studio closes its doors

Posted on June 21st, 2016 at 10:46 by John Sinteur in category: News

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A studio in India, founded by British photographers Charles Shepherd, Samuel Bourne and William Howard in 1840 will close its doors after 176 years in operation. Considered the oldest continuously operating photographic studio, Kolkata-based Bourne & Shepherd’s current owner cites the recent major changes in photographic technology as a reason for the closure.

The studio was known for its portraiture, producing images of religious figures and government officials, from the British Raj era onward. Speaking to Indian publication The Hindu, a former employee explains that the shift to digital made it difficult for the studio to survive, saying ‘How can you expect that a studio can operate in this generation where everyone is clicking photos from their mobiles and digital cameras?’

Though the studio will no longer be in operation, the current owner says that he’ll continue to maintain the shop’s collection of historic photos and equipment.


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  1. Let’s have a chorus of, “Someday my prints will come…”

A possible model of an impossible cube of M.C. Escher

Posted on June 20th, 2016 at 11:24 by John Sinteur in category: News

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  1. That’s clever!

Ransomware scum build weapon from JavaScript

Posted on June 20th, 2016 at 10:59 by John Sinteur in category: News

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New ransomware written entirely in JavaScript has appeared encrypting users files for a US$250 (£172, A$336) ransom and installing a password-stealing application.

Researchers @jameswt_mht and @benkow_ found the ransomware they dubbed RAA.

Bleeping Computer malware man Lawrence Abrams described the ransomware noting it is shipped as a JS file and uses the CryptoJS library for AES encryption.

“RAA is currently being distributed via emails as attachments that pretend to be doc files and have names like mgJaXnwanxlS_doc_.js,” Abrams says.

“When the JS file is opened it will encrypt the computer and then demand a ransom of about US$250 USD to get the files back.


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  1. It’s much easier now to clone a cheap hard drive or SSD and keep it somewhere safe. It’s not a perfect plan but it works. If you install an SSD, you’ll need to clone the hard drive. Save the hard drive for emergencies.

  2. @Will – that assumes your files are static. For business users, critical changes are being made every minute. True, you will get non changed files, but damage will still be done.

A rare, risky mission is underway to rescue sick scientists from the South Pole

Posted on June 19th, 2016 at 23:57 by John Sinteur in category: News

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But evacuation efforts such as this are exceedingly uncommon — only two have been undertaken in the 60 years since the South Pole research station opened. The brutal cold and total darkness that blankets Antarctica during the austral winter make flights in and out of the station all but impossible. In 1999, a doctor who discovered a cancerous lump in her right breast treated herself — even performing her own biopsy and administering her own chemotherapy — for almost six months until the weather thawed enough for a rescue plane to arrive.


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Badge of Dishonor: Top Oakland Police Department Officials Looked Away as East Bay Cops Sexually Exploited and Trafficked a Teenager

Posted on June 19th, 2016 at 23:28 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The scandal is unprecedented: According to multiple sources close to the department and the city of Oakland, and documents obtained by the Express, at least fourteen Oakland police officers, three Richmond police, four Alameda County sheriff’s deputies, and a federal officer took advantage of the teenager. (The Express is not publishing her real name because she was a minor when her abuse began.)

Three Oakland police officers committed statutory rape of Guap when she was under-age. By the state’s legal definition, they engaged in human trafficking. The victim says every law-enforcement agent who had sex with her knew she was a sex worker.

Guap, now eighteen years old, said she sometimes slept with cops as a form of protection from arrest or prosecution. Experts in human trafficking told the Express this amounts to coercion.

So what, besides the badges, separates the police from the pimps in Oakland?  Answer: Pimps are black and stimulate the local economy. Police are white and spend their money in Concord.


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Apple takes stance against Trump by withholding financial & tech aid from upcoming GOP convention

Posted on June 19th, 2016 at 13:48 by John Sinteur in category: News

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According to a report from Politico, Apple has told Republican leaders that it will not be providing support in any way, including financial, for the party’s upcoming convention. The report says that Apple’s reasoning for this decision is Donald Trump and the comments he has made regarding immigrants, minorities, and women.

Citing two sources “familiar with the iPhone maker’s plans,” Apple will not be donating money or technology to the GOP event like it has done in the past. On the other hand, Microsoft and Google have both said that they will provide technology and/or cash to the GOP convention, which will be held next month in July.

In 2008, Apple provided roughly $140,000 in technology devices to the Democratic and Republican events, while it sat out in 2012 due to the Democrats not accepting corporate donations.


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  1. Thus the headline “stance against trump”. The rest is business as usual…

Belgium

Posted on June 18th, 2016 at 10:48 by John Sinteur in category: News


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  1. I bet you there is a city called Belgium in the USA.

A Few Thoughts on Cryptographic Engineering: What is Differential Privacy?

Posted on June 17th, 2016 at 17:35 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Yesterday at the WWDC keynote, Apple announced a series of new security and privacy features, including one feature that’s drawn a bit of attention — and confusion. Specifically, Apple announced that they will be using a technique called “Differential Privacy” (henceforth: DP) to improve the privacy of their data collection practices.
The reaction to this by most people has been a big “???”, since few people have even heard of Differential Privacy, let alone understand what it means. Unfortunately Apple isn’t known for being terribly open when it comes to sharing the secret sauce that drives their platform, so we’ll just have to hope that at some point they decide to publish more. What we know so far comes from Apple’s iOS 10 Preview guide:

Starting with iOS 10, Apple is using Differential Privacy technology to help discover the usage patterns of a large number of users without compromising individual privacy. To obscure an individual’s identity, Differential Privacy adds mathematical noise to a small sample of the individual’s usage pattern. As more people share the same pattern, general patterns begin to emerge, which can inform and enhance the user experience. In iOS 10, this technology will help improve QuickType and emoji suggestions, Spotlight deep link suggestions and Lookup Hints in Notes.

To make a long story short, it sounds like Apple is going to be collecting a lot more data from your phone. They’re mainly doing this to make their services better, not to collect individual users’ usage habits. To guarantee this, Apple intends to apply sophisticated statistical techniques to ensure that this aggregate data — the statistical functions it computes over all your information — don’t leak your individual contributions. In principle this sounds pretty good. But of course, the devil is always in the details.

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Unfortunately these attacks tend to stifle the release of data and information sharing. Differential privacy provides some hope. As we have learned, it is inherently flexible, which means it can easily be adapted to environments with differing privacy requirements. This flexibility does come at a cost: as we have seen, having very tiny privacy budgets (ε) can make some queries all but useless. However, as more people understand the concepts and more products get built on top of this paradigm we expect to see more sharing of data into the public domain without privacy concerns.

The more philosophical question is how private is private enough? Clearly, there is some tunability between how useful a differentially private query is and how ‘private’ it is. The aforementioned tradeoff between utility and privacy is unfortunately ‘left to the reader’. The literature does provide some rules of thumb for setting ε, with suggestions like 0.01, or ln2, etc. – however these have scant theoretical support. Perhaps most importantly, there are few, if any, precedents. At the end of the day it is the data curator’s job (or his lawyer) to decide on ‘private enough’. The lack of a clear framework to relate ε to privacy levels coupled with the difficulty of explaining it to the layperson has meant that differential privacy has largely remained confined to academia. However, as more people learn about it and more tools begin to emerge (PINQ, Airavat) this is starting to change. Clearly in this world of massive data sets and smart data scientists and hackers, data privacy needs to keep pace. We are very hopeful that these techniques are the next step.

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An example: suppose that I never use the poop emoji, and never ever type the word “banana” on my iDevice. But suppose also that most other iDevice users simple love the poop emoji and can’t stop talking about bananas. Now, when Apple uses this statistical data to provide *me* with emoji and typing suggestions, because they went out of their way not to know *me*, they’ll suggest I use poop emojis, and wil suggest “banana” when I start to type “ba”.


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March 1992

Posted on June 16th, 2016 at 23:45 by John Sinteur in category: News

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  1. Mykolas on June 17th, 2016 at 16:48:

    ** STOP: 0x00000019

    IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL

    Dll Base DateStmp – Name

    8010000 2e53f55 – sloppy.exe
    8011000 2e53f55 – programming.exe
    fe11000 2e40535 – now_msspyware.exe

    Restart and set the recovery options to delete windows and install real linux

Take that, FBI: Apple goes all in on encryption

Posted on June 16th, 2016 at 18:26 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Many of the features announced at WWDC expand security of user data, something Apple has been keen to promote as “protecting user privacy”. Safeguards include running artificial intelligence on the device itself, rather thanin the cloud, and using a technology called “differential privacy,” which anonymizes data Apple does collect from its customers.

Those features focus on protecting data in transit, yet APFS is more like a bank vault on a device that secures information even if someone gains physical access to their computer, phone, tablet, watch or Apple TV.

Apple declined to comment on the new feature.

ACLU staff technologist Daniel Kahn Gillmor said that the expansion of AFPS is likely to have been prioritised after Apple’s spat with the FBI. “Protecting the privacy of user data is one of the critical tasks of modern computing hardware and software. If Apple didn’t offer powerful encryption features for their filesystems, they’d be remiss.”


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o.O

Posted on June 16th, 2016 at 13:18 by John Sinteur in category: News

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A bill that sought to punish chronic absenteeism in Colombia’s Congress failed to make it through the first debate because too many lawmakers were absent and the session was canceled.


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Cars

Posted on June 16th, 2016 at 0:02 by John Sinteur in category: News

My next car… well, I’ll probably be able to buy one old enough. But the next one after that… I may have to stop driving…

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Choose your country or region – Apple

Posted on June 15th, 2016 at 17:58 by John Sinteur in category: News

Funny

(scroll down to Europe)


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Ducks Go Quack

Posted on June 15th, 2016 at 16:45 by John Sinteur in category: News


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Fierce controversy over pastor’s remarks about Orlando attack – CBS News

Posted on June 15th, 2016 at 16:24 by John Sinteur in category: News

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A Sacramento Baptist preacher’s sermon praising the attack on an Orlando nightclub that left 50 people dead has the local LGBT community outraged, reports CBS Sacramento.

Recordings of the sermon by Pastor Roger Jimenez surfaced on the Verity Baptist Church’s YouTube account.

“Are you sad that 50 pedophiles were killed today?” he said in the sermon. “Um — no — I think that’s great! I think that helps society. I think Orlando, Florida is a little safer tonight.”

The remarks were delivered on Sunday morning, hours after the attack.

“We don’t need to do anything to help. As far as I’m concerned, Orlando is a little bit safer tonight,” he said.

Sandrea Nelson, the Pride director of the Davis-Phoenix coalition, was left in shock after hearing Jimenez’s sermon. He says in all his years growing up Baptist and attending church, no pastor ever spoke of inequality.

“He’s not a man of God. He is not a man teaching a true religion,” he said.

Ah, the No True Scotsman Fallacy. I’m sorry Sandrea, but yes he is, and that’s the problem.

Oh, anybody want to bet the Pastor is in the closet?


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  1. I wouldn’t let him buy a gun. He sound’s like an extremist.


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