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Sophie Wrobel
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JASTA: Is the US more authoritative than an international court?

This US bill, which was passed yesterday, is highly concerning. To highly oversimplify things, it looks like this bill is trying to make the world subject to American law and American definitions on anything related to terrorism (however the US decides to define terrorism now and in the future). Of course, all without asking the rest of the world on their opinion about it (both Saudi Arabia and the EU have expressed views against JASTA, among other things because it is not compatible with international treaties). And of course, how much power of jurisdiction the US actually has overseas, is another matter completely.

Given how vague and broad the banner of terrorism has become, close to anything - e.g. not complying with a request to have all data intercepted and scanned by US intelligence - might be considered as something related to terrorism. That's a very scary thought, in my opinion, especially for activities that are not within US jurisdiction!

That all said, while I can understand and sympathize with the motivations behind this bill, I still think that there are better mechanisms of going about them than enacting this bill. And I'm sure there are others who can find even better mechanisms to do so than I can. But no one asked me - why should they? After all, I'm not American.

This could be one messy law with unintended consequences. For example, to turn the tables: I wonder if anyone will be using that law to sue the US for their interference in the Middle East, in Vietnam, or in any other number of places they've fought in over the last years?

1. Official summary of the bill:
2. Official text:
The president had until midnight Friday to make good on his veto threat.
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Ein Kristallball die funktioniert: 34 Jahren altes Vorhersage liegt ganz nah an unsere Realität

Schaue mal, wie die heutige Zeit in 1982 in diesem Zeichentrickfilm prophezeiet würde - unsere menschliche Motivationen haben nicht großartig geändert!!!

Anmerkung: Ein seltene Fall wo ich auf Facebook verlinken, denn ich keine Ahnung habe wo das Originalvideo gepostet würde. Für Hinweise über den ursprüngliche Zeichentrickfilm wäre ich sehr dankbar!
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Nun haben die Kiddies etwas zu schauen das nächste mal die meinen, die wollen Fernsehen... :)
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80% of people die in peace. This number has been higher. What went wrong?

I'm not quite ready to die yet - but when I do get there, I'd like to still be healthy, and die a peaceful death. However, the chances of dying in peace are falling. Why?

Dying has become a lucrative business. Not just for cemeteries, but also for health care practitioners, medical equipment providers, and pharmaceutical companies. And their current motivators are profit, and patient longevity. With one thing that you just don't say out loud: that comes at the cost of patient comfort. Instead of doctors visiting you at home and helping you prepare mentally for the next world, now you visit them and hope to extend your lifespan. Good medical care is no longer rated based on how happy you feel, but on how much longer you live. So how is dying actually happen?

What happens when you die naturally?
Dying is a natural, hormone-driven process.
1. You lose your appetite. Your body continues to produce hormones to suppress hunger.
2. You lose your thirst.
3. Your kidneys fail - but your body continue to produce happiness hormones.
4. You slowly become increasingly tired and breathing becomes more difficult, because the lungs no longer properly function
5. The lack of oxygen triggers hallucinations.
6. You fall into a coma, and die peacefully in a happy hallucination.

What happens when you you die under medical intervention?
... so when medical intervention prolongs this process with artificial feeding, infusions, artificial respiration, and dialysis, you prolong the process of dying, and the extended life comes riddled with medical complications resulting from the treatments, such as bed-ridden complications resulting from insufficient physical activity, hormonal imbalances, end-of-life hallucinations in an extended coma produced without influence of the happiness hormone, etc. Extending life through medical intervention during this natural stage of dying may keep someone alive for several months longer, but the quality of life deteriorates as you suffer from side effects caused by your medical care.

Of course, if you stand a decent chance of recovery, then by all means: modern medicine is there to help. But if your body has already initiated its 'shutdown' sequence, perhaps moving on in peace is the better alternative.

If you speak German, I'd recommend watching this video - it provides an interesting perspective to modern palliative medicine that you may not know that much about, and many dirty details described as 'open secrets' in the industry.
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i would like to die with Out of Body Experience.
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US starts laying the groundwork for EU Privacy Shield

Privacy Shield is going to replace the Safe Harbor agreement for data transfer between the EU and US - as the Safe Harbor agreement was struck down as invalid by the courts. It should provide more personal protections. The question is, however, whether that is sufficient.

One of the biggest loopholes is that the new US bills cannot 'impede national security interests' - and national security interests has been demonstrated in the past to be very broadly applied, such that the potential for abuse still remains.

We'll have to see how the EU reacts.

#Privacy  #EU #US #PrivacyShield  
The bill gives EU citizens the right to challenge misuse of their data in U.S. courts.
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+Sophie Wrobel I think it's even likely it will be, because it doesn't address the real issue at hand. I doubt even the Commission believe it will be accepted.
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Surgery and the placebo effect

Yes, there are definitely many cases in which surgery is a justifiable and helpful measure. But there are also many cases in which surgery is unnecessary - and given the complications associated with surgical risks, making the call on unnecessary surgery is something that needs to be addressed, regardless of who is at fault.

But first, let's set some misconceptions straight. No, the problem isn't just a big conspiracy in the modern health care system to eek as much money out of patients as possible. There is just as much a problem on the patient side: patients who refuse to provide full medical records that may be necessary to make a sound decision, patients who keep insisting that they have a particular condition and go about from doctor to doctor until they find someone who agrees with their opinion, and patients who believe that by having a treatment, they will be better off than having no treatment.

Appropriate health care requires a stable, two-way trust relationship between doctors and patients: if this trust is broken, then the accusations in both directions take off. Unfortunately, with the overwork and stress commonplace in medical professions, mistakes happen more than they should - and this has resulted in increased mistrust in the health care system, as indicated by the rise in demand for alternative medicine.

Personally, I think we need to strike a balance: if you approach a medical professional and actually care about your long-term health, you should inform yourself about the risks and chances associated with the treatment you are recommended, as well as the circumstances in which that treatment actually helps. If you have a preconception that a particular treatment is going to help, then do your homework and inform yourself about the circumstances under which that treatment actually works, as well as whether your preconception is valid, and keep your tin foil cap on!

Granted, the subject is riddled with biases and any study on how necessary surgery may be is bound to be inaccurate - and despite that, I think that this is an issue that needs to be looked at more closely, and not just surgery, but medicine in general.

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#Health   #Surgery    #Misconceptions   #Geist  
Commonly performed operations can be found to be useless, according to a practising Sydney surgeon.
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Yet you have time to comment on it. Repeatedly.
You don't have to waste time clicking every link... But the ones you're interested in enough to comment on, yeah. 
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How ready is your organization for tomorrow?

I think this is a wonderful short video outlining five critical aspects to ensuring an organization's 'fitness for survival' - namely, it's ability to react to changes in the marketplace and overcome difficulties. The five building blocks are:

(1) Structure
(2) Strategy
(3) Talent
(4) Culture
(5) Purpose

Okay, not too surprising so far. But something has changed: all of that has to cross the digital chasm somehow, and still remain interconnected. Which means we need digital platforms that follow a strategy that can:

(1) Analyze and make connections between these diverse, more-or-less intangible and weakly structured fields
(2) Adapt to constant changes during organizational adaptation
(3) Deliver immediate results throughout the constant adaptation.

What's your approach - and what are your most difficult hurdles in crossing that divide?
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Weaving new patterns of meaningful connectivity - both inside and outside organisations. Then, realigning the two.
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The NSA Side of the Story: Countering the Insider Threat

Edward Snowden's actions have had serious implications across the world - and raised many important questions. One of those questions is how an organization can defend itself against the threat of cybercrime committed by insiders with malicious intent - and Snowden's case is a wonderful example of how complex that insider threat can sometimes be.

This also raises some interesting questions on how organizations can protect themselves from the insider threat. In his talk, Steven Bay suggests several important measures:

1) Separation of Duties
2) Separation of Information
3) Employee Training
4) Locking Down on Technical Gateways to the WWW
5) Effective Internal Processes

While this looks good on paper, how do they fit in the increasingly integrated demands of IoT, Predictive Analytics, and Enterprise Dashboards, in which separation of information poses a severe challenge?

That question is one that I think information logistics addresses very well - allowing organizations to design the way in which information flows, and is accessed, across the organization. Of course, information logistics does more than just protect against the insider threat - it can also significantly improve business performance, when paired to other existing processes, such as those captured in a business process management (BPM) system. And with information being the new gold of our century, I think this sort of system is going to become increasingly important, both for large scale and small scale operations.
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Blockchain certainly has a lot of potential. But it needs to mature a bit still, before it becomes a market standard sometime in the near future.
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AI answers 'smart' questions with human caliber

If you still don't believe in what artificial intelligence is capable of, then you should read this article: AI is sufficiently advanced that university students couldn't tell whether their teaching assistant, who answered their questions is real or not.

It's a brilliant use of artificial intelligence to reduce annoying human labor, and won't be the last. 
Students mostly couldn’t tell ‘Jill Watson’ wasn’t human; ‘Yep!’
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+Sophie Wrobel​ I won't be taking orders from a robot. What happens when a student disagrees with the Robo-TA and has proof to backup what he's saying? Will the Robo-TA see that student as an enemy? How will that infringe upon the 1st amendment of free speech? 
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Slander and bad research: how are honeybees really treated?

My neighbor is teaching me how to keep honeybees this year. And I can tell you this much: it makes the linked article seem like outrageous slander.

Bees don't die because of bad beekeeping practices. It used to be that way - when beekeepers just broke the beehive apart to steal the honey - but these days, bees have artificial houses which allow beekeepers to remove parts of the hive (e.g. just part of the honey room) to harvest honey without killing the bees. In fact, a lot less bees die thanks to modern beekeeping practices than compared to beekeeping a few decades ago. Bee colony health is of utmost importance to the beekeeper, as that's where their livelihood depends on.

Honeybees have been bred to be more productive than wild bees. So yes, they do need to be cared for differently than wild bees in order to keep their population in check with the seasons. And yes, they have weaker immunity against mites, so they are treated once a year - albeit not with antibiotics, but with oxalic acid. This is the only synthetic treatment the bees receive, and the only time at which a beekeeper needs to use protective gear to prevent the bees from stinging. The rest of the work is done with garden gloves. Even commercial beekeepers here work with just thin, non-stingproof gloves, and no other protection on.

A healthy honeybee colony has two or three 'floors'. The 'honey room' is empty in winter: if it is full, the queen starts to lay lots of eggs, and the bee population explodes. In spring, the beekeeper fills the 'honey room' with honey to get the queen to start laying eggs early, so that the workers will be hatched when the flowers start blooming. Conversely, in winter, the bees get more beefood instead, so that the queen doesn't lay as many eggs.

From spring to fall, the beekeeper inspects the bees regularly - about a weekly basis to monitor colony health. The bees don't sting during inspection, even when each frame is taken out individually. When the honey room is full, or when there isn't enough space for the bees, the queen will fly away and look for a new nest. She does not have clipped wings. So before the room fills up, the honey frames are removed and the honey extracted, and the empty frames hung back for the bees to continue their work. Or, new frames are added to the hive, so that the bees have enough space to live.

Don't believe me? Go visit a beehive yourself. :) No genetic manipulation, but the bees are manipulated (by manipulating the hive) to raise honey production in spring, and taper down honey production in winter. They can also be manipulated to create two beehives out of one (making one of the new hives raise a new queen), or to move the bees to an area with more flowers.

As to what does make bees die? Pesticides, mites, rats, and so on. But certainly not beekeepers!

#Geist   #Mythbuster   #Bees   #Honey   #Health #Environment
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+Gaythia Weis Bees are very efficient at pollinating. Truck a beehive to a field in blossom, and each hive will gain 5-10 kg each day, and the honey room will need to be emptied every week or two. Sure, not all of the weight gain is honey, but that's still damn efficient - it's not as if they are stressed from the long haul and suddenly non-productive. Now, I'm not sure if this is also the case for bees coming in from 1000 miles, as I don't know any beekeepers who do that, but considering how quickly the bees adapt to their local moves here, I suspect it is not as stressful for the bees as it is for humans to move 1000 miles to new territory.

Not sure about in the USA, but here, bees can only be used as commercial pollinators if they have a health inspection certificate. Furthermore, new queens are typically made at the start of spring (when the beekeeper checks on the colonies, cleans them up, and splits the bee colonies if they are too big before the main bloom is out), so there isn't much intermixing between bee colonies once they are deployed. So the risk of disease spread as a result of putting commercial hives next to each other is rather low.
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What's the EU up to these days?

Unlike what the headline suggests, the game isn't over yet, and there is more legislation to come. The EC is running a series of workshops this month to gather information from industry on how data is being transmitted and the legal constructs currently associated with that, and I'd expect that the conclusion of these workshops will be at least an opinion and recommendation, if not new legislation, that is going to shape the European cloud provider market. 

#Privacy   #Cloud   #DataProtection   #Europe  
With the European Commission's data protection rules set to drop before 2016, take a look at what the changes mean for the cloud and datacentre community
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Generation C's demand for privacy: Social media is evolving

The meaning of privacy is evolving - it seems that the younger generation does value privacy, but not in the same sense that the older generations have.

Privacy, for younger people, is reflected in their demand for technological media that limit the access to information they are sharing to their social circle. Older, digitally-sensitive folk also make conscious decisions to restrict which information is shared to whom. Yet these positions differs in one key area - the amount of trust offered to the technological platform operator. Younger generations tend to assume that underlying platform operator is an honest player: a potential fallacy that older generations take the opposite stance on.

The change in trust between the two generations on that particular factor is a pivotal change in the digital ecosystem. This trust is essential for deriving data-based benefits out of operating such a communications platform. It is what causes intelligence agencies and marketing departments to flock to platform providers, and the core to understanding and providing personalized services. And with the rising generation more willing to offer up that trust than their parents, it looks like market pressures of supply and demand - with this change in trust driving the supply and demand for social media providers offering the sort of walled gardens that Generation C is looking for - is going to fundamentally change the landscape of social media as we know it.
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Success is not your goal. Avoiding failure is.

This is a wonderful reflection on why success is such a fleeting state, and takes a very simple - yet very approachable and effective - method to attaining success. The following excerpt sums it up:

He always said, “I just try to avoid being unsuccessful.” That is the number one thing I learned from him. He said that you should study what makes you unsuccessful, unhappy, broke, fat, stupid. Then, eliminate those things out of your life.

The alluring part of this approach, compared to many others, is that most people know what they don't want already, but don't know what they really want. And knowing what you don't want is all that you need to start on this pathway - steer away from what you don't want to be, and towards what you want to be. If your closest friends are pulling you down, perhaps it's time to find some friends who will pull you up - and with that, not just your attitude towards life will change, but so will your success.

#Geist #Charisma #Happiness
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well dear,no body or nation strife to be poorer than than the other but you find that the opposite is true with wealth...
The love for money is the root cause of evil...Wealthy nations & individuals always wants to be considered wealthiest.The reason as to why they are not at peace always is that they dream of being better than the other only which is not the case with the poor and also there's team work among poor nations trying to help themselves out of their situation & any sign of success would make them happy.For wealthy countries & people,they tend to build their own strategies that would make them better than the others no matter the consequences.They always plan for the downfall of their neighbors...
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Everything is possible in the virtual world, it's only a question of innovation.

Advocate for technological innovation, digital literacy, and online privacy.

Things that I am passionate about:
  • Technology - Trends, Innovation, Mobile development, Performance, Usability 
  • Online Ethics - Censorship, End-user rights, Data ownership and protection. 
  • Human Awareness - Power of the mind, Relationship to the world and other beings, Quest for Harmony
  • Food - I like to eat food, but don't expect me to post about it often!
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