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5 seconds of his life he will never get back

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+Trey Ratcliff was hard at work at this year's Burning Man event and here is a taste of his excellent work:

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Build a Magic Smart Mirror with a Raspberry Pi ($50)

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Facebook's new privacy policy, in effect January 30th, allows Facebook to do a lot more with your data.

I never installed Facebook's app on my phone, but I did install Instagram, and I assume the mobile provisions apply to the Instagram app as well, or they will soon. Probably the most surprising these is that you authorize Facebook to turn your phone's microphone on and send all your real world conversations to Facebook. This is in addition to the more expected stuff, like sending all your contact information to Facebook, so Facebook knows who you communicate with using your phone, and your GPS information, so Facebook knows everywhere you go.

Although this author advises getting off Facebook, I think for most people that's a bad option -- you look more suspicious to prospective employers if you're not on Facebook. If you don't need employment, maybe getting off Facebook is the smart idea. But for everyone else, better to use Facebook but just assume everything you put on Facebook is public information. This includes not only your "friends only" posts, but your private messages, your deleted messages (they are not actually deleted -- Facebook just sets a "deleted" flag in a database), and your "self-censored" messages -- these are the messages that you type but never send -- Facebook sends your keystrokes to their servers so they know everything you type even though you might think they don't because you didn't send the message. In general, the rule seems to be, if Facebook can have the data, they do have the data. If they can turn your microphone on and record your offline conversation, just assume they do, etc.

I have a friend who, if you send him a private message, he'll reply to please re-send your message as a comment on one of his posts. And all of his posts are Public. He does this to keep himself from ever fooling himself into possibly thinking anything on Facebook is private. This might be a smart way to go.

The other thing that's new is that Facebook is going to be correlating all your activity on Facebook with financial data provided by finance partner firms. So all your FB activity, your GPS activity, your financial activity, etc, is all going to get associated with your real-world identity. In general, it looks like your ability to keep anything secret from the government (and possibly foreign governments, if you travel), law enforcement, insurance companies, and employers is gradually coming to an end. "If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear" has become reality (whether true or not). It's going to get harder and harder to hide anything. Moore's Law is fundamentally anti-privacy. In another decade or so we'll have "the internet of things" which will allow every appliance to listen to you and send everything you say to internet data centers. We've already seen news of a children's toy sending everything they say to a defense contractor.


Utilizing a rare financial technique called a Reverse Morris Trust, Smucker purchased Folgers in November 2008 and made it a subsidiary. Now, Smuckers being a fruit jams and jelly company were contemplating a new product name that both companies would brandish, and the two names they came up with were traditionally a mix of the two current names Folgers and Smuckers;
Smolgers and ....
Well, Smolgers was the one they stuck with but never followed through with the rebranding. 

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NSFW (but Definitely meant for Doug)

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AS frustrating as this is to watch, you have to watch all the way thru for the last 15 seconds to make you laugh.

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Just moments ago, this apparently an Australian skenk measuring about 10 inches. 

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The effects of a head on collision with both vehicles travelling 60mph is the same a a single vehicle travelling 120mph into a wall. Think about it, are you prepared if someone swerves into your lane from the other side of the road?

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