Facebook is working to bring its controversial Free Basics program, which promises to get more low-income users onto the internet by providing free access to a curated and limited set of online resources, to the US. In October, the Washington Post reported that Facebook has been courting White House favor for CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s pet project in hopes of avoiding the public furor that led regulators in India and Egypt to ban the platform over concerns it violated principles of an open, equal internet.
Daily Archives: November 8, 2016
A Baltimore-based company, Terbium Labs, has shone some light on the sort of content one can find on the so-called dark web, or at least that you can access through Tor. The study found, contrary to popular belief that the majority of the dark web, accessible through Tor is mostly legal… or offline! With extremism making up just a minuscule 0.2% of the content looked at.Here’s what Terbium Labs did: “We reviewed a sample of 400 URLs from a single day in our automated crawler’s history. URLs (as opposed to domains) were used as the independent unit within the sample. The sample was selected at random from the population of URLs known to our unrivaled big-data infrastructure that crawls the dark web continuously. For each of these URLs, a team of analysts classified the page content into one of 15 predefined categories.”Terbium Lab’s figures covered only 12 of the 15 categories, as researchers found no content in the remaining three categories, which were: Falsified Documents & Counterfeits, Weapons, and Weapons of Mass Destruction.As for the other categories they represented, the following percentages of the sites found:
During an interview I did with Conan O’Brien a while back, we drifted onto the topic of rules: when it was prudent, as a creative person, to flout conventions, and when it made sense to obey them. As O’Brien saw it, only ever flouting, without a healthy dose of obeying, was unsustainable and, on balance, unfunny. To illustrate, he told me a story, one that didn’t make it into the piece I wrote but stuck with me nonetheless: A well-known comedian with a raucous persona, interested in developing his own talk show, once sought O’Brien’s advice. “He showed me a prototype of what it would be: He comes out, he runs through the audience, he’s never in one place. He’s everywhere, he’s nowhere, he’s wearing different clothes, spray-painting on the walls — total anarchy,” O’Brien recalled. “And I said, O.K., here’s my take: You’re a brilliantly funny person, but you need to be constrained, because when you break those constraints, it’s enormously satisfying.”The constraints in a late-night talk show — a hidebound format that O’Brien sabotages almost as fervently as he reveres it — are the desk, the almost-unbudging camera, the sidekick and the suit-and-tie wardrobe. But this principle holds firm, O’Brien believed, across the arts. “It’s the thing I love about rock ’n’ roll,” he said. “Three chords.”
To my right, a woman with pink hair is struggling to keep a cup of goopy blue silicone in her mouth. To my left, a man is fashioning tiny nipples from alginate. Around us all are eyeless dummies with mouths gaping in silent laughter at the scene. We’re in the dentistry school lab at King’s College London, which has been taken over for the day by Taiwanese artist Kuang-Yi Ku for his Fellatio Modification Project.
The workshop is part of a new exhibition in London by Science Gallery – a network of exhibition spaces focussed on art-science collaborations. The exhibition, called Mouthy: Into the Orifice, features a collection of installations, activities and lectures to explore the world of all things oral-maxillary. Having worked as a dentist for six years, Ku is now producing speculative design projects at the Design Academy in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
Science doesn’t have a great track record when it comes to incorporating human sexuality into research and practice. Dentistry, for example, considers three functions for the oral cavity: aesthetics, pronunciation and mastication. “There is another function, sex, which is never mentioned in the textbooks,” says Ku. “I’m from the gay community and I realised that the medical school is a very patriarchal system, very serious, and the professors are very traditional, particularly in Asian countries. So I wanted to approach that relationship.”
Elon Musk says people should receive a universal income once robots take their jobs | The Independent
Elon Musk has said a universal income will eventually need to be adopted as human workers are replaced by robots. “I think there’s a pretty good chance we end up with a universal basic income, or something like that, due to automation,” the founder of Tesla and SpaceX said in an interview with CNBC. “I’m not sure what else one would do.”People will have time to do other things, more complex things, more interesting things,” he added.”Certainly more leisure time. And then we’ve got to figure out how we integrate with a world and future with advanced AI.”
By Emily BensonNeed a sugar fix? When nectar is scarce, bees can tap into another source of sweet stuff: the droppings left behind by other insects.This honeydew, a sugar-rich substance secreted by sap-sucking scale insects, may tide hungry bees over until spring flowers bloom.Although we tend to think of bees as hive-living socialites, most bee species are solitary, with each female building a nest to protect her developing offspring. Adults emerge in the spring and live for just a few weeks, when they mate and gather pollen and nectar.Fragrant, colourful flowers are like neon arrows pointing to those resources. But how wild bees survive if they mature before the blooms do was still largely a mystery, says Joan Meiners at the University of Florida in Gainesville.Unlike colony-building honeybees, solitary bees don’t stockpile honey for times when blossoms are scarce. “There’s really not much that’s known about what bees do when there aren’t flowers,” Meiners says.
Filmmaker Brian Gersten writes, “‘The Hollerin’ Contest at Spivey’s Corner’ is a documentary short about the history, characters, and sounds of the National Hollerin’ Contest. Hollerin’ itself is considered by some to be the earliest form of communication between humans, and the competition has been held annually in the small town of Spivey’s Corner, NC since 1969. The film follows the stories of three former champions as they attempt to reclaim their titles, and keep the oft-forgotten tradition of hollerin’ alive.”
FacebookTwitterPinterestStumbleuponEmailNo, it’s not Spiderman’s latest web slinging tool but something that’s more real world. Like the World Wide Web.The Invisible Web refers to the part of the WWW that’s not indexed by the search engines. Most of us think that that search powerhouses like Google and Bing are like the Great Oracle”¦they see everything. Unfortunately, they can’t because they aren’t divine at all; they are just web spiders who index pages by following one hyperlink after the other.But there are some places where a spider cannot enter. Take library databases which need a password for access. Or even pages that belong to private networks of organizations. Dynamically generated web pages in response to a query are often left un-indexed by search engine spiders.Search engine technology has progressed by leaps and bounds. Today, we have real time search and the capability to index Flash based and PDF content. Even then, there remain large swathes of the web which a general search engine cannot penetrate. The term, Deep Net, Deep Web or Invisible Web lingers on.To get a more precise idea of the nature of this ‘Dark Continent’ involving the invisible and web search engines, read what Wikipedia has to say about the Deep Web. The figures are attention grabbers – the size of the open web is 167 terabytes. The Invisible Web is estimated at 91,000 terabytes. Check this out – the Library of Congress, in 1997, was figured to have close to 3,000 terabytes!How do we get to this mother load of information?That’s what this post is all about. Let’s get to know a few resources which will be our deep diving vessel for the Invisible Web. Some of these are invisible web search engines with specifically indexed information.
The Pope urges countries not to take in more migrants than they can ‘assimilate’ and warns of the dangers of ‘ghettoization’
- Pope Francis was asked about the migrant crisis on a flight back to Rome
- Said countries should only take in refugees they know they can integrate
- He also warned if they don’t, it could pave the way for dangerous ghettos
- But he also added countries shouldn’t ‘close their hearts’ to those in need
Pope Francis has urged countries not to take in more migrants than they can ‘assimilate’ saying it could lead to ghettoization.
The Pontiff had been had been on a visit to Sweden, which has welcomed 245,000 refugees in 2015, to mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.
But on the flight back to Rome, he held an impromptu press conference where he was asked about the European migrant crisis.
Three Facebook users have sued the social networking giant over alleged discriminatory policies that they say violate the US Federal Housing Act of 1964.Late last month, ProPublica published a story outlining the fact that Facebook’s advertising mechanism allowed for housing ads to exclude a specific “Ethnic Affinity,” such as “African-American” or “Asian-American.” ProPublica managed to post an ad placed in Facebook’s housing categories that excluded anyone with an “affinity” for African-American, Asian-American, or Hispanic people. When the ProPublica reporters showed the ad to prominent civil rights lawyer John Relman, he described it as “horrifying” and “as blatant a violation of the federal Fair Housing Act as one can find.”According to the proposed class-action lawsuit, by allowing such ads on its site, Facebook is in violation of the landmark civil rights legislation, which specifically prohibits housing advertisements to discriminate based on race, gender, color, religion, and other factors.
The Canadian secret service (CSIS) is facing scrutiny following a damaging court ruling that said it was illegally holding data on journalists & citizens who do not pose any threat to national security.The surveillance programme in question has been in operation since 2008.Ottawa says that it will ensure that the security agency fully complies with the decision of the Federal Court, which was announced last Thursday.Journalists under surveillanceThe news follows hot on the heels of recent information released that showed that police in Quebec had been keeping a number of journalists under surveillance.The court ruling stated that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service had illegally obtained and analysed what is known as “associated data”, often called metadata, which is data relating to third parties.The metadata was collected illegally and it would have included information such as telephone numbers, email addresses and the dates and times of communications.Collection of metadataMetadata can only be retained legally if it is needed in relation to matters of national security or for use in a prosecution or an investigation. It can also be retained if it relates to international affairs or matters of national defense.The Federal Court found that CSIS had retained data from an unspecified number of Canadian citizens who were not connected with any threats and who were not the target of any warrants. They did not fall into any of the categories that would have made the retention of metadata legal.The spy agency had also failed to advise the court of the existence of the programme for ten years.
Chances are you’ve seen (and cooed over) the Nintendo NES Classic, a $60 re-version of the 1980s gaming console legend.
It’s cute, cheap and comes with 30 NES games pre-loaded. You also get everything you need right in the box, including a control pad and a HDMI cable.
The NES Classic is the nostalgic must-have for gamers of a certain age this xmas, especially for those who grew up gaming on the console but no longer have the space, patience or money to have the real deal.
But while the NES Mini looks every bit a custom classic, early teardowns of the console reveal it is a little more hum-drum…