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A reminder to me that it has been years since I paid a visit to the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory - must try to do that again before I'm food for the worms. That and the Tyrell Museum in AB.

When you use FB and upload your contacts to FB, you are allowing them to target people like me (conscientious FB objector) without our permission.

To test the shadow information finding, the researchers tried a real-world test. They uploaded a list of hundreds of landline numbers from Northeastern University. These are numbers that people who work for Northeastern are unlikely to have added to their accounts, though it’s very likely that the numbers would be in the address books of people who know them and who might have uploaded them to Facebook in order to “find friends.” The researchers found that many of these numbers could be targeted with ads, and when they ran an ad campaign, the ad turned up in the Facebook news feed of Mislove, whose landline had been included in the file; I confirmed this with my own test targeting his landline number.

“It’s likely that he was shown the ad because someone else uploaded his contact information via contact importer,” a Facebook spokesperson confirmed when I told the company about ... show more

This isn't really practical advice.

I agree with the fuck Facebook/WhatsApp solution. Dig that WhatsApp's co-founder urged everyone to delete Facebook.

Imagine getting Grandma and Grandpa to install Signal and use it. It's hard enough to get them to txt rather than call.

Before you shrug and say, “But I’m already on WhatsApp,” consider this: WhatsApp is owned by Facebook, which just had a terrible year marked by an unending barrage of data privacy scandals. And, WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum split ways with Facebook earlier this year following internal disputes over Facebook’s reported attempt to weaken encryption and use the app’s personal data. The app’s other co-founder Brian Acton also urged everyone to delete Facebook back in March. Signal doesn’t collect any sensitive data at all.

Are there downsides to Signal? Sure—the main hurdle is that you need to get everyone you text with to use it as well, which is admittedly a gia... show more

Of course.

Ookla’s test shows that Memphis, Tennessee, has the slowest internet of any U.S. city (average download speed 44.86 Mbps, average upload speed 12.96 Mbps). #internet #xfinity #googlefiber #speedtest #Gizmodo