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Paul Spoerry
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Paul Spoerry is a father, husband, coder, life-experimenter.A reincarnated disco king searching for his long lost leisure suit. SEO nerd, Wordpress fan, gadget geek, SQL stud, and coder. I also meditate and do Parkour.
Paul Spoerry is a father, husband, coder, life-experimenter.A reincarnated disco king searching for his long lost leisure suit. SEO nerd, Wordpress fan, gadget geek, SQL stud, and coder. I also meditate and do Parkour.

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Researchers show just how much data collection Google does
Short version: A LOT. Like... a lot a lot.

For instance, a dormant, stationary Android phone (with the Chrome browser active in the background) communicated location information to Google 340 times during a 24-hour period, or at an average of 14 data communications per hour. In fact, location information constituted 35 percent of all the data samples sent to Google.

And that's just scratching the surface! You can read the full report here: https://digitalcontentnext.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/DCN-Google-Data-Collection-Paper.pdf

I would love to see a followup with how much info Apple collects with OSX/iOS as well as one on Facebook and Amazon's data collection.

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We can now pull gold right out of liquid
New research from the Journal of the American Chemical Society has uncovered one of the most effective methods to date to extract gold from liquids. That includes electronic waste, sewage, ocean water, waste water—almost any liquid where we might find gold. Just to highlight how potentially useful this is, sewage from Switzerland alone is estimated to carry away 1.8 million dollars' worth of gold every year.

My question is... if the store of value property of gold is diminished then what do we use as the de facto store of value? (maybe Bitcoin?)
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HODL explained by Hodor
HODL has become an acronym (or even backronym) for “hold on for dear life”, meaning that even when investors are in the deep red with their cryptos, they should not buckle under pressure and sell, driven by the belief that they will, ultimately, reap great rewards, once mass adoption has been achieved.

While crypto-geeks reference it as “hold on for dear life” it was originally nothing more than a whiskey-fuelled rant on the Bitcoin Forum by someone calling themselves GameKyuubi. But hey, memes be memes!
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Facebook announces a camera for your house. What could possibly go wrong?
Facebook announced their new Portal smart video calling device, complete with Alexa built-in, to help reinvent video chatting… but with their privacy track record, is this something you want? I realize now is the time for product announcements but...doing so hot off the news of a massive user-data breach seems like odd timing.

The Portal comes in two configurations: a $200 model with a 10.1-inch 720p display, and the pricier $350 Portal+, which features a larger 15.6-inch 1080p display that can rotate between portrait and landscape view. The more expensive version also sports an extra subwoofer that should result in better bass, but aside from that, both share similar specs including quad mics and a front-facing, 12-MP camera with an 8x zoom.

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Peter Jackson’s Steampunk-Esque Mortal Engines Get a New Trailer
Hundreds of years after civilization was destroyed by a cataclysmic event, a mysterious young woman, Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar), emerges as the only one who can stop London — now a giant, predator city on wheels — from devouring everything in its path. Feral, and fiercely driven by the memory of her mother, Hester joins forces with Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan), an outcast from London, along with Anna Fang (Jihae), a dangerous outlaw with a bounty on her head.
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China has been installing tiny microchips, roughly the size of a grain of rice, on the motherboards of countless servers imported into the U.S.
A new report by Bloomberg, which states that the clandestine microchips were first found by Amazon in 2015, which in turn reportedly alerted America’s intelligence agencies.

Amazon Web Services (AWS), which has a contract with the CIA, was investigating a company called Elemental Technologies for a potential acquisition when it allegedly uncovered the microchips. Elemental’s products, along with that of a company called Supermicro, are used by everyone from the U.S. Navy to the CIA.

“The chips had been inserted during the manufacturing process, two officials say, by operatives from a unit of the People’s Liberation Army. In Supermicro, China’s spies appear to have found a perfect conduit for what U.S. officials now describe as the most significant supply chain attack known to have been carried out against American companies.”
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Facebook hack gets worse - hack allowed access to anything that used the Facebook login
So for sure Instagram (Facebook-owned) but also major sites that use your Facebook ID to authenticate like Tinder, Airbnb, or Spotify.

That means that once a hacker had access to a person's Facebook account, they could make their way through the rest of their digital life if it had been connected via Facebook. I've said it a million times... never use Facebook to log into anything.

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Facebook reveals data breach affecting 50 million users
An attack on its system led to "the exposure of information" affecting the 50 million users .

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Quantum observers with knowledge of quantum mechanics break reality
Quantum mechanics can't handle quantum observers that know quantum mechanics. mind blown
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A new antenna using single atoms could usher in the age of atomic radio
Still pretty large right now... but so are most new technologies initially.

#scienceIsAwesome
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