Most of us likely have that nagging feeling that all the entertainment and convenience that we get online and take for granted must be paid for somehow. We know that companies like Facebook and Google collect our data, and it gets used to target us better for advertising. So what? I can just ignore the ads anyway, can‚Äôt I? I have nothing to hide!
But it goes deeper than that. Much deeper. The Cambridge Analytica Scandal may prove to be the catalyst, the event that finally wakes us up to the ways that we can be manipulated, duped and held to ransom for the sheer amount of data that is held about us. This scandal has opened the door for a wider discussion about data collection and its often nefarious uses, and it is leading many people to confront some uncomfortable truths.
Irish IT expert Dylan Curran started a Twitter thread recently, which has since gone viral, in which he exposed the extent of Facebook and Google‚Äôs Data archives on him. ‚ÄúThe Facebook archive was 600mb, roughly 400,000 Word documents,‚ÄĚ he wrote in New Statesman. ‚ÄúThe Google archive was 5.5gb, roughly 3m Word documents.‚ÄĚ
That is a shitload of data. Facebook‚Äôs dump includes all of your sent and received messages, login locations, and even non-Facebook-related text messages and phone call history. Facebook are the ‚Äúdrug addicts of data, squeezing every last drop from the needle before they move on to the next one,‚ÄĚ Curran said.
Google appears to go even further. They keep track of everything, even searches and emails that you have deleted. In fact they almost certainly know more about you then you do yourself.
This data builds a complete picture of us, and can be used against us in countless ways. While you may think you have nothing to hide, do you really want somebody reading your messages and emails? Looking at your photos and videos? Knowing exactly where you were at specific times? Imagine one day you are running for office, or you have a jealous ex. Perhaps you know a little too much about shadowy government operations and they want to blackmail you. With this data, they can. And we have willingly offered up all this about ourselves, in exchange for the convenience and fun these services can provide.
Edward Snowden called it ‚Äúan exquisite breakdown using real-life examples of how @Facebook and @Google exploited your trust to quietly create a decade-long dossier of your most private activities. With a bonus: how to download a copy of your own.‚ÄĚ
So yes, these things that are ostensibly provided for ‚Äėfree‚Äô are, of course, not free at all. We all knew this before, but now we know exactly the price that we are paying. Are they worth it? You be the judge.
Dylan Curran has become a sort of a whistleblower online, starting a Twitter thread that exposes Google and Facebook‚Äôs use of our data
Dylan was shocked that this is news to people
And he‚Äôs planning to continue to spread the word
People had some legit questions
Others seemed a bit shook
Some just had a good laugh
Amazing 3D optical illusions
This Japanese professor makes amazing 3D optical illusions.
Impressive chocolate packaging inspired by architecture
Beau Cacao is a creative chocolate company. Contrary to most chocolate bars getting wrapped with paper or plastic packages, with the logo of the brand and simple designs, this London – based company had been looking way up. Created in 2013, the company stands out from the crowd. By looking to the chocolate’s packaging you will understand what I mean, most of it is unlike any type of good packaging and reminds of architecture with an intricate design.
This is the result of the work of Adam Gill, an american designer. Here he created graphic designs where the chocolate itself is not anymore just a chocolate square. The pattern is reminiscent of the Malaysian origins of the cacao used to manufacture this product. With a touch of modern design and intricate patterns the result is just powerful and really look tasty.
Via : layerbag.com
Internet Laughed At This Guy‚Äôs First Attempt At Cristiano Ronaldo‚Äôs Bust, So He Tries The Second Time
Last March, the unveiling of Cristiano Ronaldo‚Äôs bust at the Madeira airport went viral. Unfortunately for the sculptor of the piece, Emanuel Santos, it happened for all the wrong reasons, as the internet mercilessly mocked the statue for its lack of likeness to the football superstar. After the massive public ridicule, the sculptor, unsurprisingly, felt defeated. ‚ÄúThis is hard to talk about,‚ÄĚ says Emanuel while barely holding back tears, ‚ÄúIt was too sudden‚ÄĚ he reflects on the experience. However, this year he got challenged by B/R Football to redeem himself and create a new bust.
The original sculpture for the airport was actually Santos‚Äô first bust, yet the artist took up the challenge. Having your first attempt at something so brutally shut down can certainly break someone, but Emanuel reassures that it only made him stronger. ‚ÄúI want my son to understand that if he enjoys doing something very much, [he] doesn‚Äôt let himself be defeated with negative criticism. Sooner or later, if we believe in ourselves and are persistent, we can succeed in life‚ÄĚ the sculptor remarks. With this mindset, Santos set out to create another sculpture in hopes to redeem himself. Check out the result below and tell us if you think he succeeded!
Last March, this Cristiano Ronaldo‚Äôs sculpture went viral
The internet mocked it for having little resemblance to the football superstar
And it‚Äôs no surprise that it quickly became a meme
The sculptor of the piece, Emanuel Santos, felt defeated after facing such harsh criticism‚Ä¶
As Ronaldo‚Äôs sculpture was his first attempt at creating a bust
However, this year, the artist decided to redeem himself and recreate the infamous sculpture
And here‚Äôs the result of his second attempt
Watch the video about Santos‚Äô journey
People on the internet were quick to support Emanuel Santos
Do you think he did a great job? Tell us in the comments below!