Summary of “Facebook starts its facial recognition push to Europeans – TechCrunch”

Facebook users in Europe are reporting that the company has started giving them the option to turn on its controversial facial recognition technology.
Jimmy Nsubuga, a journalist at Metro, is among several European Facebook users who have reporting getting notifications asking if they want to turn on face recognition technology.
In Europe the company is hoping to convince users to voluntarily allow it to deploy the privacy-hostile tech – which was turned off in the bloc after regulatory pressure, back in 2012, when Facebook began using facial recognition to offer features such as automatically tagging users in photo uploads.
Under impending changes to its T&Cs – ostensibly to comply with the EU’s incoming GDPR data protection standard – the company has crafted a manipulative consent flow that tries to sell people on giving it their data; including filling in its own facial recognition blanks by convincing Europeans to agree to it grabbing and using their biometric data after all.
Under the EU’s incoming data protection framework Facebook cannot automatically opt users into facial recognition – it has to convince people to switch the tech on themselves.
A Facebook spokeswoman confirmed to TechCrunch that any European users who are being asked about the tech now, ahead of the May 25 GDPR deadline, are part of its rollout of platform changes intended to comply with the incoming standard.
In the meanwhile Facebook users are being socially engineered, with selective examples and friction, into agreeing with things that align with the company’s data-harvesting business interests – handing over sensitive personal data without understanding the full implications of doing so.
Depending on how successful those tests prove to be at convincing Europeans to let it have and use their facial biometric data, millions of additional Facebook users could soon be providing the company with fresh streams of sensitive data – and having their fundamental rights trampled on, yet again, thanks to a very manipulative consent flow.

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Summary of “Seven thought experiments to make you question everything”

Thought experiments are among the most important tools in the intellectual toolbox.
Widely used in many disciplines, thought experiments allow for complex situations to be explored, questions to be raised, and complex ideas to be placed in an understandable context.
Here we have seven thought experiments in philosophy you might not have heard of.
Question: How can it choose? Does it choose at all, or does it stand still until it starves?
Question: If you are obligated to save the life of a child in need, is there a fundamental difference between saving a child in front of you and one on the other side of the world?
Question: Is the Swampman the same person as the disintegrated fellow?Davidson said no.
Question: Are you obligated to keep the musician alive, or do you cut him loose and let him die because you want to?
Thompson, who has several excellent thought experiments to her name, says no.

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Summary of “The Proof Is in the Pelicans”

Anthony Davis, who could finish second in MVP voting this season, might wind up being the third-most noteworthy player on his own team because Playoff Rondo is real and Jrue Holiday has emerged as the most imposing two-way presence in the NBA. The higher seed in each matchup tends to be the lens through which we view the series as a whole, as though the victors had already prewritten history and we’re all just here to fact-check for discrepancies.
Holiday transitioned to the wing to accommodate Rajon Rondo over the offseason.
Of course, Holiday and Davis are so good at the point of attack and from the backline, respectively, that the possession might’ve played out identically if Rondo hadn’t broadcast his reconnaissance.
Even if there are a number of ways to arrive at the same conclusion, in the playoffs, it might be wisest to follow Rondo’s lead. “If you’re gonna have him on your team you’ve got to believe in him enough to understand he’s gonna put guys in the right situation,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said after Game 1.
After their Game 2 victory in Portland, the Pelicans became only the seventh team since 2003, when the NBA went to a best-of-seven format in the first round, to win the first two games on the road. The most recent team to take the first two prior to these Pels was last year’s Bulls, a squad that rode Rondo’s institutional knowledge of the Celtics’ system until a fractured thumb forced both Rondo and Chicago out of the series.
Davis mentioned to the media that Rondo had stayed up all night prior to Game 1 watching film, crediting him for diagnosing plays before the Blazers could even get into their sets, something the point guard has done his entire career.
The Pelicans’ four most important players-Davis, Holiday, Rondo, and Nikola Mirotic-are all averaging no less than 38.5 minutes per game, and both games 1 and 2 have seen the final results determined by big scoring runs.
If Blazers coach Terry Stotts and his team can’t adjust at the rate Rondo has proved himself able to, there’s a chance Rondo can make up for lost time.

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Summary of “Where Countries Are Tinderboxes and Facebook Is a Match”

“You report to Facebook, they do nothing,” one of the researchers, Amalini De Sayrah, said.
Now it was as if his country’s information policies were set at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. The officials rushed out statements debunking the sterilization rumors but could not match Facebook’s influence.
Officials had pleaded with Facebook representatives, in a meeting in October, to better police hate speech and misinformation, which they warned could spiral into violence.
In a separate meeting, civic leaders urged Facebook to hire Sinhalese-speaking moderators to staff its reporting tool.
The Facebook employees left offering only vague promises, officials said.
Facebook still appears to employ few Sinhalese moderators.
Facebook has no office in Sri Lanka, which officials say makes it difficult to impose regulations.
Mr. Gunawardana, the public information head, said that with Facebook unresponsive, he used the platform’s reporting tool.

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Summary of “Remembering Harry Anderson: A Magician Hiding in Plain Sight”

So began the patter that Harry Anderson often used to introduce his signature trick, his show closer, the Monarch Monte.
Most people know Harry Anderson as Judge Harold T. Stone, the affable star of NBC’s Night Court, which ran for nine seasons from 1984 to 1992.
During one sketch in the show, Anderson plays himself shooting magician Doug Henning in the head and killing him.
“When Harry sees what Penn & Teller have attained, he is envious,” Anderson’s friend Mike Caveney writes in his memoir of Anderson.
Officials from FEMA, the Army Corps of Engineers, even the City Council knew that if it wanted to speak to residents in the French Quarter, it had to face Harry Anderson and the Quarter Rats at Oswald’s.
Harry Anderson leaves behind a legacy that is as diverse as the many hats he wore, both literally and figuratively, throughout his life.
For a man who claimed to never be an actor, Harry Anderson did plenty of acting.
At the conclusion of the Monarch Monte routine in Anderson’s old stage show, he would say, “I gave this game a lot of thought over the years since I saw it the first time. I wondered why in the hell do the marks keep running to play a game they haven’t beaten in over 5,000 years? All I could conclude was it was so damn simple it was irresistible. And it isn’t really the cards you’re up against. It’s the man who shuffles those pasteboards. He’s the one you’ve got to keep your eye on.” The real Harry Anderson was private, someone most of us never knew.

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Summary of “The Disgrace of Minor League Baseball”

The collective bargaining agreement that governs MLB gives a team control over a player for either four or five minor league seasons, then his first six full major league seasons.
You won’t get rich making $35,000 per year, and it’s still not a great look for a league that pulls in $8 billion a season, but you can live on $35,000, as opposed to the $6,000 or so most minor league baseball players will make each season.
Even basketball players don’t have it as good as minor league hockey players.
In the ECHL, the lowest level of affiliated North American hockey, the rookie minimum for the current season is $460 per week, which isn’t much, but still beats the $1,160 per month minor league baseball players make.
So why do minor league basketball and hockey players get a better deal than minor league baseball players, despite those leagues’ parent clubs bringing in less money overall? It’s not because basketball and hockey owners are less interested in maximizing profits at all costs-many baseball owners have a stake in another pro team, and even if the people running the NBA, NHL, and MLB aren’t literally the same people, they all went to the same business schools and hang out at the same golf courses.
Plus, the crop of underpaid minor league baseball players includes not only Americans with nothing more than a high school education, but Latin American players, many of whom grew up in poverty, and who’d have to leave the country if they chose to pursue another career.
Minor league hockey players, unlike minor league baseball and basketball players, are unionized.
There are numerous reasons why paying minor league baseball players a living wage, and not screwing around with their big league service time, would be beneficial for MLB clubs as well.

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Summary of “Nintendo Labo review: an incredible learning tool that’s a blast to play”

They’re building sets coupled with games: you put the accessory together yourself, and then you use it to play the accompanying game.
First, there’s the playful nature of Nintendo merging the worlds of digital and physical play, encouraging kids to use their hands to build things.
Labo not only allows you to build things like a cardboard piano, but it also gives you a peek behind the curtain into how these strange accessories actually work.
You play as you build, you discover as you play, and it’s a blast no matter what you’re doing.
At launch, Labo comes in two forms: a “Variety kit” and a “Robot kit.” The variety kit is cheaper and more expansive, with five different projects to build, compared to the robot’s one.
Each of the Labo kits also comes with a number of extra pieces that you can use to build new Toy-Con, though there’s really no reason you can’t use other cardboard or really anything for that matter.
Once you build the kits and play through the games, there’s not much else to do.
Labo is an experience where creating and building are just as much fun as playing.

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Summary of “Everything you never wanted to know about artificial sweeteners”

A few recent studies suggest that consuming fake sugar actually trains your insulin response to store more fat, not less.
Artificial sweeteners don’t trigger our reward circuits the same way, so you don’t get the satisfaction of ingesting sugar.
There’s some bad news here: it’s hard to quit any kind of sugar, even the artificial stuff.
Since artificial sweeteners don’t satisfy your brain the way real sugar does you don’t sate the craving.
You can absolutely quit sugar, real or fake, just like people can absolutely quit cocaine.
Lots of people switch to diet soda as they’re trying to lose weight, in the hope that the fake stuff will be a satisfactory substitute for real sugar.
David Ludwig, a weight-loss specialist at Boston Children’s Hospital, told Harvard Health this about how our tastes can change: “Non-nutritive sweeteners are far more potent than table sugar and high-fructose corn syrup. A miniscule amount produces a sweet taste comparable to that of sugar, without comparable calories. Overstimulation of sugar receptors from frequent use of these hyper-intense sweeteners may limit tolerance for more complex tastes.” That means naturally sweet foods like peaches won’t taste nearly as good, and anything without that hint of sweetness might end up seemingly completely gross.
Here’s the good news: you can eat real sugar! You should eat real sugar.

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Summary of “The Future of College Looks Like the Future of Retail”

As online learning extends its reach it is starting to run into a major obstacle: There are undeniable advantages, as traditional colleges have long known, to learning in a shared physical space.
Paucek is, for someone who runs an online-degree company, remarkably open about the importance of physical space: “The history of online education is a vast underestimation of the power of people,” he told me.
Some of the online students even traveled to Atlanta for commencement-the first time many of them had ever set foot on the campus.
Most of them are not designed to allow students to take just one course at a time or to toggle between online and face-to-face classes; taking a class on most campuses requires enrolling as a student in a full-fledged degree or certificate program and then choosing to participate exclusively in either online or in-person classes.
Several universities, including MIT, Penn, and Boston University, recently started a type of online degree called a “MicroMasters” as a way for students to begin work on a graduate degree without committing to a years-long program.
Such physical-digital experimentation can even alter the experiences of students already enrolled at physical college campuses.
75 percent of the 56,000 undergraduates at the University of Central Florida, in Orlando, took at least one online class at the school last year, even as they were enrolled in face-to-face courses.
Nearly a third of the university’s classes take place online, which officials say has eliminated the need to build at least five additional classroom buildings.

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Summary of “Artist Fills Traveler’s Notebook With Intimate Visual Diary”

Over the last 13 years, artist José Naranja has been filling pocket-sized notebooks with his own visual diary.
By illustrating his daily experiences, observations, ideas, and memories, Naranja considers his ongoing project as “a love letter to notebooks, a flight of fancy and also a part of [him].” Each of Naranja’s notebook pages are packed full of his own writing, illustrations, stamps, and photos, all of which beautifully document the life of this well-traveled artist.
After discovering the 9x14cm, 192-page Moleskine notebooks in 2005, Naranja fell in love with their compact size.
From color studies and botanical illustrations to stories, personal ponderings, and even hand-drawn board games, Naranja’s sketchbooks are an incredibly intimate view into the artist’s mind.
Naranja describes his work as “a vault of dreams, ideas and experiences.”
Naranja sells an edited compilation of his best work in an elaborate, multilingual book called The Orange Manuscript.
Each of Naranja’s notebook pages are packed full of his own writing, illustrations, stamps, and photos, all of which beautifully document the life of this well-traveled artist.
My Modern Met granted permission to use photos by José Naranja.

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