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They took saliva samples from the licked envelopes to identify blood
groups which they cross-checked with doctor’s records. They traced
fingerprints on the paper, sourced the ink and collated an extensive
archive of handwriting samples.  It was his handwriting that caught out Borchardt. “It just seemed like an ordinary piece of homework,” he says, when the pupils in his class were asked to write an essay describing themselves and their later goals in life. “The thing is, my father thought I had such terrible handwriting he wanted my sister to write it up for me. He nearly got his way.”
— The German schoolboy jailed for writing to the BBC - BBC News
We don’t drop atomic bombs on flies that land on the dinner table. Everybody gets this except intelligence agencies.
Edward Snowden
I’m clear: if human rights laws get in the way of tackling extremism and terrorism, we will change those laws to keep British people safe.
Theresa May on Twitter (June 6, 2017)
You couldn’t make it up—though given how bizarre the real news has been, why would you even try?
The Trump Presidency Falls Apart: After an extraordinary 10 days, the tenure of the chief executive may have deteriorated beyond his ability to repair it. - The Atlantic (17.5.2017)
On May 15, Politico published a story about Trump’s news consumption that indicated his staffers were routinely passing him fake news stories, both to manipulate him and out of fear that giving him real news might upset him. olitico also said Trump was unable to tell real news from fake, falling for a photoshopped Time cover before his staff intervened to tell him it was forged.
The Trump Presidency Falls Apart: After an extraordinary 10 days, the tenure of the chief executive may have deteriorated beyond his ability to repair it. - The Atlantic (17.5.2017)
People generally don’t like losing things that they have. When a resource is provided to them as a default—even something as trivial as a pen—people tend to be unwilling to part with it. As a consequence, the least amount of money they are willing to accept to give it up is often much greater than the amount that they would be willing to pay to purchase the same item.
Daniel Kahneman (via Recline and fall: Who owns the space between reclining airline seats? | The Economist)
Around 580,000 respondents in 35 countries were asked the question: Would you actively participate in large-scale uprising against the generation in power if it happened in the next days or months? More than half of 18- to 34-year-olds said yes.
Europe’s youth don’t care to vote—but they’re ready to join a mass revolt — Quartz (via fefe)
According to the report, the selling point of this 2017 document is that Facebook’s algorithms can determine, and allow advertisers to pinpoint, “moments when young people need a confidence boost.” If that phrase isn’t clear enough, Facebook’s document offers a litany of teen emotional states that the company claims it can estimate based on how teens use the service, including “worthless,” “insecure,” “defeated,” “anxious,” “silly,” “useless,” “stupid,” “overwhelmed,” “stressed,” and “a failure.”
Report: Facebook helped advertisers target teens who feel “worthless” [Updated] | Ars Technica
Von Treyer ist Fachanwalt für Verkehrsrecht in München und hat das Ehepaar Karbe beraten. Er mache viel Reiserecht, aber so einen Fall habe er noch nie erlebt, sagt er. Weil das Problem im Völkerrecht wurzele, könne man wenig tun. Die Europäer hätten eben, “mit wenig Rückgrat”, das Abkommen unterzeichnet. Er selbst fliege deshalb schon seit Jahren nicht mehr in die USA.
Am Anfang war das Apple-Knuddeln für mich sehr ungewohnt. Aber ich machte mit. Es war ja ein Ritual. Später verstand ich, dass es das einzige Mittel war, um menschliche Nähe in einem unmenschlichen System zu spüren.
«Wir lebten bei Apple wie in einer Legebatterie» - News Wirtschaft: Unternehmen -
We did not ask for this room or this music; we were invited in.
Therefore, because the dark surrounds us,
Let us turn our faces toward the light.
Let us endure hardship to be grateful for plenty.
We have been given pain to be astounded by joy.
We have been given life to deny death.
We did not ask for this room or this music.
But because we are here, let us dance.
11.22.63 TV series
An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made in a very narrow field.
— Niels Bohr
If there’s one thing I’ve learned in open source, it’s this: the more work you do, the more work gets asked of you. There is no solution to that problem that I’m aware of.
Nolan Lawson: What it feels like to be an open-source maintainer | Read the Tea Leaves
Among the list of possible targets of the collection are ‘Asset’, 'Liason Asset’, 'System Administrator’, 'Foreign Information Operations’, 'Foreign Intelligence Agencies’ and 'Foreign Government Entities’. Notably absent is any reference to extremists or transnational criminals.
Wikileaks: Vault 7. CIA Hacking Exposed.
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Since September, ProPublica has been encouraging Facebook users to share the categories of interest that the site has assigned to them. Users showed us everything from “Pretending to Text in Awkward Situations” to “Breastfeeding in Public.” In total, we collected more than 52,000 unique attributes that Facebook has used to classify users.  […]

To find out exactly what type of data Facebook buys from brokers, we
downloaded a list of 29,000 categories that the site provides to ad
buyers. Nearly 600 of the categories were described as being provided by third-party data brokers. (Most categories were described as being generated by clicking pages or ads on Facebook.)

The categories from commercial data brokers were largely financial, such as “total liquid investible assets $1-$24,999,” “People in
households that have an estimated household income of between $100K and $125K, or even “Individuals that are frequent transactor at lower cost department or dollar stores.”

— Facebook Doesn’t Tell Users Everything it Really Knows About Them - ProPublica
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[UK] Undercover surveillance officers trailed Yew and waited for him to unlock his phone to make a call - thereby disabling the encryption. One officer then rushed in to seize the phone from Yew’s hand - just as would happen in a criminal mugging. As his colleagues restrained the suspect, the officer continually “swiped” through the phone’s screens to prevent it from locking before they had downloaded its data.
UK Police Circumventing Cellphone Encryption By ‘Mugging’ Suspects While Their Phones Are Unlocked | Techdirt
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