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How to Run a Ponzi Scheme for Tech People
 
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How to Run a Ponzi Scheme for Tech People
 
Economic Globalization....
A fish served in a California restaurant was caught illegally on a Thai fishing vessel manned by slaves. A t-shirt bought in Germany was sewn in a Bangladeshi sweatshop, where workers labor in unsafe conditions for starvation wages. The rising consumption levels of India’s middle class are contributing to climate chaos thousands of miles away, while the hunger of Americans for consumer goods from China is exacerbating the Chinese air-pollution crisis...These are just a few of the many faces of the global economy.

Corporate-friendly think tanks and media outlets promote the idea that economic deregulation has made the world into one global village, defined by the free flow of ideas and technology, international collaboration, interdependence, and a worldwide sense of community.

But the reality falls far short of this ideal. Our global economic system is so large and complex – with producers and consumers, CEOs and workers, and cause and effect all far removed from each other – that ethical choices become almost impossible, and environmental and human rights disasters all but inevitable.

It can be challenging to make sense of the workings of a system that is so vast, out-of-control, and deeply ingrained into the fabric of our daily lives. But the global economy can be understood, by starting with its origins in European colonialism, moving through its key drivers and structural elements, and tracing its consequences for people and the planet.

#Economic #Globalization #media #deregulation #technology #CEO #environment #colonialism #corruption #conspiracy #fraud
Learn About Globalization

Local Futures: Learn About Globalization - Local Futures (morktron)

 
Economic Globalization....
A fish served in a California restaurant was caught illegally on a Thai fishing vessel manned by slaves. A t-shirt bought in Germany was sewn in a Bangladeshi sweatshop, where workers labor in unsafe conditions for starvation wages. The rising consumption levels of India’s middle class are contributing to climate chaos thousands of miles away, while the hunger of Americans for consumer goods from China is exacerbating the Chinese air-pollution crisis...These are just a few of the many faces of the global economy.

Corporate-friendly think tanks and media outlets promote the idea that economic deregulation has made the world into one global village, defined by the free flow of ideas and technology, international collaboration, interdependence, and a worldwide sense of community.

But the reality falls far short of this ideal. Our global economic system is so large and complex – with producers and consumers, CEOs and workers, and cause and effect all far removed from each other – that ethical choices become almost impossible, and environmental and human rights disasters all but inevitable.

It can be challenging to make sense of the workings of a system that is so vast, out-of-control, and deeply ingrained into the fabric of our daily lives. But the global economy can be understood, by starting with its origins in European colonialism, moving through its key drivers and structural elements, and tracing its consequences for people and the planet.

#Economic #Globalization #media #deregulation #technology #CEO #environment #colonialism #corruption #conspiracy #fraud
Learn About Globalization

Local Futures: Learn About Globalization - Local Futures (morktron)

 

Librem 5 Mass Production Phone Has Begun Shipping | Purism

Purism, a Social Purpose Company (SPC) focusing on security and privacy with its hardware and software, has begun shipping its mass-produced Librem 5 phone to customers.
The Librem 5 is a one-of-a-kind general-purpose computer in a phone form-factor that Purism has designed and built from scratch following a successful crowdfunding campaign that raised over $2.2 million. Both the hardware and software design is focused on respecting the end user’s freedom and giving them control over their privacy and security. The Librem 5 doesn’t run Android nor iOS but instead runs the same PureOS operating system as Purism’s laptops and mini PC.
#technology #tech #security #privacy #cellphone #mobile #Purism #Librem
 

Librem 5 Mass Production Phone Has Begun Shipping | Purism

Purism, a Social Purpose Company (SPC) focusing on security and privacy with its hardware and software, has begun shipping its mass-produced Librem 5 phone to customers.
The Librem 5 is a one-of-a-kind general-purpose computer in a phone form-factor that Purism has designed and built from scratch following a successful crowdfunding campaign that raised over $2.2 million. Both the hardware and software design is focused on respecting the end user’s freedom and giving them control over their privacy and security. The Librem 5 doesn’t run Android nor iOS but instead runs the same PureOS operating system as Purism’s laptops and mini PC.
#technology #tech #security #privacy #cellphone #mobile #Purism #Librem
 

OpenStreetMap is Having a Moment. The Billion Dollar Dataset Next Door | by Joe Morrison | Nov, 2020 | Medium

The open secret Jennings filled me in on is that OpenStreetMap (OSM) is now at the center of an unholy alliance of the world’s largest and wealthiest technology companies. The most valuable companies in the world are treating OSM as critical infrastructure for some of the most-used software ever written.
The four companies in the inner circle— Facebook, Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft— have a combined market capitalization of over six trillion dollars. In almost every other setting, they are mortal enemies fighting expensive digital wars of attrition. Yet they now find themselves eagerly investing in and collaborating on OSM at an unprecedented scale (more on the scale later).
#technology #tech #mapping #GIS #OpenStreetMap #Facebook #Apple #Amazon #Microsoft
 

OpenStreetMap is Having a Moment. The Billion Dollar Dataset Next Door | by Joe Morrison | Nov, 2020 | Medium

The open secret Jennings filled me in on is that OpenStreetMap (OSM) is now at the center of an unholy alliance of the world’s largest and wealthiest technology companies. The most valuable companies in the world are treating OSM as critical infrastructure for some of the most-used software ever written.
The four companies in the inner circle— Facebook, Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft— have a combined market capitalization of over six trillion dollars. In almost every other setting, they are mortal enemies fighting expensive digital wars of attrition. Yet they now find themselves eagerly investing in and collaborating on OSM at an unprecedented scale (more on the scale later).
#technology #tech #mapping #GIS #OpenStreetMap #Facebook #Apple #Amazon #Microsoft
 
#technology

#videogames

#JerryLawson

(https://www.sfchronicle.com/culture/article/Jerry-Lawson-revolutionized-video-gaming-from-his-15726001.php)
 
#technology

#videogames

#JerryLawson

(https://www.sfchronicle.com/culture/article/Jerry-Lawson-revolutionized-video-gaming-from-his-15726001.php)
 
The alarming rise of the technosexuals https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/alarming-rise-technosexuals-132943318.html?guccounter=1

#technology #sex
 

This ‘Cloaking’ Algorithm Breaks Facial Recognition by Making Tiny Edits








A team of researchers at the University of Chicago have developed an algorithm that makes tiny, imperceptible edits to your images in order to mask you from facial recognition technology. Their invention is called Fawkes, and anybody can use it on their own images for free.

The algorithm was created by researchers in the SAND Lab at the University of Chicago, and the open-source software tool that they built is free to download and use on your computer at home.

The program works by making "tiny, pixel-level changes that are invisible to the human eye," but that nevertheless prevent facial recognition algorithms from categorizing you correctly. It's not so much that it makes you impossible to categorize; it's that the algorithm will categorize you as a different person entirely. The team calls the result "cloaked" photos, and they can be used like any other:
You can then use these "cloaked" photos as you normally would, sharing them on social media, sending them to friends, printing them or displaying them on digital devices, the same way you would any other photo.
The only difference is that a company like the infamous startup Clearview AI can't use them to build an accurate database that will make you trackable.

Here's a before-and-after that the team created to show the cloaking at work. On the left is the original image, on the right a "cloaked" version. The differences are noticeable if you look closely, but they look like the result of dodging and burning rather than actual alterations that might change the way you look:




You can watch an explanation and demonstration of Fawkes by co-lead authors Emily Wenger and Shawn Shan below:

According to the team, Fawkes has proven 100% effective against state-of-the-art facial recognition models. Of course, this won't make facial recognition models obsolete overnight, byt if technology like this caught on as "standard" when, say, uploading an image to social media, it would make maintaining accurate models much more cumbersome and expensive.

"Fawkes is designed to significantly raise the costs of building and maintaining accurate models for large-scale facial recognition," explains the team. "If we can reduce the accuracy of these models to make them untrustable, or force the model's owners to pay significant per-person costs to maintain accuracy, then we would have largely succeeded."

To learn more about this technology, or if you want to download Version 0.3 and try it on your own photos, head over to the Fawkes webpage. The team will be (virtually) presenting their technical paper at the upcoming USENIX Security Symposium running from August 12th to the 14th.

(via Fstoppers via Gizmodo)

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#finds #software #technology #ai #algorithm #artificialintelligence #clearview #clearviewai #cloaking #face #facialrecognition #fawkes #photoediting #privacy #security
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This ‘Cloaking’ Algorithm Breaks Facial Recognition by Making Tiny Edits

PetaPixel: This 'Cloaking' Algorithm Breaks Facial Recognition by Making Tiny Edits (DL Cade)

 

This ‘Cloaking’ Algorithm Breaks Facial Recognition by Making Tiny Edits








A team of researchers at the University of Chicago have developed an algorithm that makes tiny, imperceptible edits to your images in order to mask you from facial recognition technology. Their invention is called Fawkes, and anybody can use it on their own images for free.

The algorithm was created by researchers in the SAND Lab at the University of Chicago, and the open-source software tool that they built is free to download and use on your computer at home.

The program works by making "tiny, pixel-level changes that are invisible to the human eye," but that nevertheless prevent facial recognition algorithms from categorizing you correctly. It's not so much that it makes you impossible to categorize; it's that the algorithm will categorize you as a different person entirely. The team calls the result "cloaked" photos, and they can be used like any other:
You can then use these "cloaked" photos as you normally would, sharing them on social media, sending them to friends, printing them or displaying them on digital devices, the same way you would any other photo.
The only difference is that a company like the infamous startup Clearview AI can't use them to build an accurate database that will make you trackable.

Here's a before-and-after that the team created to show the cloaking at work. On the left is the original image, on the right a "cloaked" version. The differences are noticeable if you look closely, but they look like the result of dodging and burning rather than actual alterations that might change the way you look:




You can watch an explanation and demonstration of Fawkes by co-lead authors Emily Wenger and Shawn Shan below:

According to the team, Fawkes has proven 100% effective against state-of-the-art facial recognition models. Of course, this won't make facial recognition models obsolete overnight, byt if technology like this caught on as "standard" when, say, uploading an image to social media, it would make maintaining accurate models much more cumbersome and expensive.

"Fawkes is designed to significantly raise the costs of building and maintaining accurate models for large-scale facial recognition," explains the team. "If we can reduce the accuracy of these models to make them untrustable, or force the model's owners to pay significant per-person costs to maintain accuracy, then we would have largely succeeded."

To learn more about this technology, or if you want to download Version 0.3 and try it on your own photos, head over to the Fawkes webpage. The team will be (virtually) presenting their technical paper at the upcoming USENIX Security Symposium running from August 12th to the 14th.

(via Fstoppers via Gizmodo)

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#finds #software #technology #ai #algorithm #artificialintelligence #clearview #clearviewai #cloaking #face #facialrecognition #fawkes #photoediting #privacy #security
posted by pod_feeder_v2
This ‘Cloaking’ Algorithm Breaks Facial Recognition by Making Tiny Edits

PetaPixel: This 'Cloaking' Algorithm Breaks Facial Recognition by Making Tiny Edits (DL Cade)

 
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#Technology. (5 photos)
Australia Develops “Shazam for Spiders and Snakes” App to Identify Animals by Taking a Photo

https://mymodernmet.com/ai-app-critterpedia-spiders-snakes/
 
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#Technology. (5 photos)
Australia Develops “Shazam for Spiders and Snakes” App to Identify Animals by Taking a Photo

https://mymodernmet.com/ai-app-critterpedia-spiders-snakes/
 

W O W !!! Oh boy... what a guy !

I made a free alternative to Photoshop, that is used by 7 million people. Ask me Anything!


Hi, my name is Ivan Kutskir, I am 29 y.o. and I live in Prague, the Czech Republic. I created Photopea , an advanced image editor which works in a web browser. There were 7 million visitors in July.

I started to work on it in 2012, the first version was published in 2013, it was just my hobby until 2016, when I graduated and started to work on it full-time. I did not fully "believe" in Photopea until 2017, when I started to monetize it (with ads) and was able to make $400 a month :)

I had an AMA on Reddit over a year ago and I would like to tell you what happened since then :)
  • the number of users doubled (again)
  • my income doubled
  • I added the support for text on a curve, smarter selections, opening Figma files, puppet warp, content-aware scale, improved PDF support and more
  • I reached 2,300 solved issues on Github!
  • Photopea still wasn't acquired by anyone, even though I received several offers of an investment
I still work on Photopea alone, but I would like to hire more people. I would like to start making a video editor, too, at some point. Ask me Anything! :)

You can follow Photopea on Facebook or Twitter! Proof: I put a link to this AMA here!

Photopea is an advanced editor and it is hard to learn simply by using it. I wrote a manual here: www.Photopea.com/learn .
btw, there's a #podcast on Ivan Kutskir and Photopea...

bestest comment on #reddit:

Adama0001 3.4k points · 8 hours ago
You made documentation?

What kind of unholy programmer from the abyss are you? Don’t let our bosses find out or we’re screwed.
#Photopea #Technology #Photoshop #Gimp #photo #editor #manipulation #creative #computer #internet #software #Prague #Czech
 

W O W !!! Oh boy... what a guy !

I made a free alternative to Photoshop, that is used by 7 million people. Ask me Anything!


Hi, my name is Ivan Kutskir, I am 29 y.o. and I live in Prague, the Czech Republic. I created Photopea , an advanced image editor which works in a web browser. There were 7 million visitors in July.

I started to work on it in 2012, the first version was published in 2013, it was just my hobby until 2016, when I graduated and started to work on it full-time. I did not fully "believe" in Photopea until 2017, when I started to monetize it (with ads) and was able to make $400 a month :)

I had an AMA on Reddit over a year ago and I would like to tell you what happened since then :)
  • the number of users doubled (again)
  • my income doubled
  • I added the support for text on a curve, smarter selections, opening Figma files, puppet warp, content-aware scale, improved PDF support and more
  • I reached 2,300 solved issues on Github!
  • Photopea still wasn't acquired by anyone, even though I received several offers of an investment
I still work on Photopea alone, but I would like to hire more people. I would like to start making a video editor, too, at some point. Ask me Anything! :)

You can follow Photopea on Facebook or Twitter! Proof: I put a link to this AMA here!

Photopea is an advanced editor and it is hard to learn simply by using it. I wrote a manual here: www.Photopea.com/learn .
btw, there's a #podcast on Ivan Kutskir and Photopea...

bestest comment on #reddit:

Adama0001 3.4k points · 8 hours ago
You made documentation?

What kind of unholy programmer from the abyss are you? Don’t let our bosses find out or we’re screwed.
#Photopea #Technology #Photoshop #Gimp #photo #editor #manipulation #creative #computer #internet #software #Prague #Czech
 
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Free and fun ONLINE computer workshop for children and teenagers - Sunday, August 1, 2020 - CoderDojo Brussels Yser


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This Sunday, August 1, 2020, we are organizing our monthly workshop. Due to lockdown, we cannot organize our activities in face-to-face meetings. Therefore, we have organized ourselves to hold online sessions. And you know what else? You don't need to live in Brussels to participate.

Do you also want to be part of the adventure as a volunteer? We are always looking for motivated coaches. Please do not hesitate to contact us: bxl-yser@coderdojobelgium.be


#arduino #belgium #brussels #child #children #code #coderdojo #coderdojo-belgium #coderdojo belgium #coderdojobelgium #coding #computer-science #computer science #computerscience #css #css3 #development #electronic #electronic-circuit #electronic-equipment #electronic circuit #electronic equipment #electroniccircuit #electronicequipment #formation #godot #html #html5 #informatics #initiation #it-development #it development #itdevelopment #javascript #microbit #programming #python #robotics #scratch #technology #volunteer #web #webdevelopment #workshop #young #young-people #young-person #young people #young person #youngpeople #youngperson #younth #youthfulness
 
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Free and fun ONLINE computer workshop for children and teenagers - Sunday, August 1, 2020 - CoderDojo Brussels Yser


Bild/Foto

This Sunday, August 1, 2020, we are organizing our monthly workshop. Due to lockdown, we cannot organize our activities in face-to-face meetings. Therefore, we have organized ourselves to hold online sessions. And you know what else? You don't need to live in Brussels to participate.

Do you also want to be part of the adventure as a volunteer? We are always looking for motivated coaches. Please do not hesitate to contact us: bxl-yser@coderdojobelgium.be


#arduino #belgium #brussels #child #children #code #coderdojo #coderdojo-belgium #coderdojo belgium #coderdojobelgium #coding #computer-science #computer science #computerscience #css #css3 #development #electronic #electronic-circuit #electronic-equipment #electronic circuit #electronic equipment #electroniccircuit #electronicequipment #formation #godot #html #html5 #informatics #initiation #it-development #it development #itdevelopment #javascript #microbit #programming #python #robotics #scratch #technology #volunteer #web #webdevelopment #workshop #young #young-people #young-person #young people #young person #youngpeople #youngperson #younth #youthfulness
 

German floating PV plant works better than expected


The volume of solar electricity generated and proportion of self-consumption at the Lake Maiwald floating plant have both surpassed expectations. Gravel company Ossola has been able to reduce its electricity bill 10% as a result.
https://www.pv-magazine.com/2020/07/15/german-floating-pv-plant-works-better-than-expected/
#Research, #Ossola, #Solar, #Armin, #Technology, #Finance, #Floating, #photovoltaics, #floating, #summer, #PV, #February, #self, #German, #Industrial, #hot, #panels, #energy, #modules, #photovoltaic, #2019, #Lake, #consumption, #solar, #Erdgas, #science, #Maiwald, #stormy, #Südwest, #Commercial

German floating PV plant works better than expected
 

German floating PV plant works better than expected


The volume of solar electricity generated and proportion of self-consumption at the Lake Maiwald floating plant have both surpassed expectations. Gravel company Ossola has been able to reduce its electricity bill 10% as a result.
https://www.pv-magazine.com/2020/07/15/german-floating-pv-plant-works-better-than-expected/
#Research, #Ossola, #Solar, #Armin, #Technology, #Finance, #Floating, #photovoltaics, #floating, #summer, #PV, #February, #self, #German, #Industrial, #hot, #panels, #energy, #modules, #photovoltaic, #2019, #Lake, #consumption, #solar, #Erdgas, #science, #Maiwald, #stormy, #Südwest, #Commercial

German floating PV plant works better than expected
 
Some interesting points about the flaws and problems with contact tracing apps. I can relate.

I live in a second floor flat and can see many of the flaws mentioned happening here: When pairing Bluetooth I regularly see stuff I don't know who owns it, could easily be one of the flats either side of me or the flat below me (I'm the top floor, so there can't be anything from above). Should they decide to just use location (nothing is impossible with the imbeciles in our government...) I would be in exactly the same place as the guy living below me and the folks on the ground floor. I think over the last couple of months I've met the guy living below me twice in the staircase, the people from the ground floor I think I've only met once.

When I go out for my daily exercise walk most of the people I meet are regulars with the few odd ones out thrown in. So I won't know which one of them triggered the alarm, so I can't think about the meetings I've had. Most are very good in keeping their distances (in particular the regulars), although some are closer than I would like. A few days ago I had a 5 minute chat with one of the regulars. He is one of the best in keeping distance, he almost jumps into the canal while I'm hugging the fence on the other side of the towpath. While we were chatting (after we had passed each other) I estimate we were more like 4 metres apart, if not even 5 metres. No distance for Bluetooth. But I suspect the app would trigger an alert.

Considering all the crap and fake Coronavirus news I've seen being shared in particular on Facebook I wouldn't be surprised if the Russians and other actors would jump at the opportunity, Not to mention all the pranksters. I predict they will get very creative, very imaginative. They will come up with all kind of schemes to create alerts and panic, schemes not even the security professionals have thought of yet.

I'm not optimistic for a contact tracing app.

Contact Tracing in the Real World

#Coronavirus #Covid19 #virus #technology #contacttracing #UK
Contact Tracing in the Real World
 

#UK #police deny responsibility for poster urging parents to report kids for using #Kali #Linux


source: https://www.zdnet.com/article/uk-police-distance-themselves-from-poster-warning-parents-to-report-kids-for-using-kali-linux/
Virtual machines, the #Tor Browser, Kali Linux, #WiFi Pineapple, #Discord, and #Metasploit are all deemed terrible finds and the poster urges parents to call the cops "so we can give advice and engage them into positive diversions."
Just a few years ago I would have been burnt at the stake.

#Danger #Warning #fail #Technology #Security #Crime #Cyber #children #news
 

#UK #police deny responsibility for poster urging parents to report kids for using #Kali #Linux


source: https://www.zdnet.com/article/uk-police-distance-themselves-from-poster-warning-parents-to-report-kids-for-using-kali-linux/
Virtual machines, the #Tor Browser, Kali Linux, #WiFi Pineapple, #Discord, and #Metasploit are all deemed terrible finds and the poster urges parents to call the cops "so we can give advice and engage them into positive diversions."
Just a few years ago I would have been burnt at the stake.

#Danger #Warning #fail #Technology #Security #Crime #Cyber #children #news
 
Interesting interview, albeit not too recent, with my friend Leila Gharavi touching on many contemporary issues within #society and #technology .
Still relevant now as then: "Today, I would tell you that details only make sense within a big picture. One of the reasons why we can’t close the centuries-old gender gaps (among others), despite all the efforts, is that generation after generation we make ourselves busy attending to the details, which is absolutely necessary but sadly, not sufficient."
 
Interesting interview, albeit not too recent, with my friend Leila Gharavi touching on many contemporary issues within #society and #technology .
Still relevant now as then: "Today, I would tell you that details only make sense within a big picture. One of the reasons why we can’t close the centuries-old gender gaps (among others), despite all the efforts, is that generation after generation we make ourselves busy attending to the details, which is absolutely necessary but sadly, not sufficient."
 

The Amazing Handmade Tech That Powered Apollo 11’s Moon Voyage - HISTORY


#history #science #space #technology
 

The Amazing Handmade Tech That Powered Apollo 11’s Moon Voyage - HISTORY


#history #science #space #technology
 
Hey everyone, I’m #newhere. I’m interested in #movies and #technology
 
Some good points in here:

Quick, cheap to make and loved by police – facial recognition apps are on the rise - Clearview AI may be controversial but it’s not the first business to identify you from your online pics

#technology #facerecognition #clearview #ai
 
#technology #jailbreaking #hacking #barnacles
Inventive students detach IoT car-immobilizers, use their SIMs to power free wifi hotspots
 
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