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Link to EFF article on adjusting Facebook settings for app privacy

Keeping this handy! https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/03/how-change-your-facebook-settings-opt-out-platform-api-sharing  

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Wired article on Facebook and the changes the 2016 election wrought

A lot of people complain that with the algorithmic changes to the Facebook news feed, they don’t see what their friends are doing (which is all many of us want). In fact, those changes let to a tremendous amount of gaming the system. At first, Mark Zuckerberg denied anything was amiss, but over time, he […]

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The Onavo VPN app is spying on you

While Facebook and Onavo include some details in their license agreement, I’m 100% sure no one realizes that Facebook is using Onavo to learn what apps users are using, and what sites they’re visiting. The whole point of a privacy VPN is to have privacy, not to expose everything to Facebook. I’m not one for […]

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A simple blood test for cancer? Bring it!

This is fascinating stuff.  While this particular test is focused on women, no doubt there will be tests that are for men, and gender neutral ones as well.  

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Todoist links of interest

Are you a Todoist user?  If so, these two blog entries may help you get more out of your investment (either time or money) https://blog.todoist.com/2015/09/03/10-hidden-features-of-todoist/ https://blog.todoist.com/2014/06/10/a-comprehensive-guide-to-todoist/

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A Look at Google Maps Level of Detail

I received this link through Brent Ozar Unlimited’s weekly mailing list (if you’re a SQL geek at all, sign up for it by registering for their SQL First Responder Kit!). The short version of Justin’s blog post is that Google is simply miles (kilometers for those of us not using Freedom Units) ahead of Apple maps, […]

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An Insider’s View of the Amtrak Cascades 501 Derailment

Adron Hall (blogging as The Transit Slueth) has written up his first person perspective of the recent train derailment. It’s definitely worth a read. The Story on Amtrak Cascades Train 501 Derailment It’s a fascinating view into the environment leading up to, during, and after the derailment. Definitely worth a read. As he points out, rail […]

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eBook pricing remains crazy – Artemis by Andy Weir

I am quite impressed with the way eBook pricing works.  In this case, I’m using Amazon’s pricing as an example, but it’s not much different on Barnes and Noble’s site. In this case, I’m interested in the book Artemis, by Andy Weir – author of The Martian. When I went to purchase the Kindle edition […]

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The Structure of a Scallops Eyes

This is a fascinating article on The Atlantic.  Who knew something as ‘simple’ as a scallop could have such a fascinatingly complex eye. https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/11/scallops-have-eyes-and-each-one-builds-a-beautiful-living-mirror/547115/

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Visualize wind patterns and speeds

This page gives a simple, but very slick, visual representation of wind patterns and speed. It’s pretty interesting, and is really neat when looking around during hurricane season. Be sure to click / drag, and zoom in and out. Also, when you click somewhere it shows the wind speed and direction. It works well on […]

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