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40-foot long Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton

Samson, a 66-million year old Tyrannosaurus rex fossil

Known as Samson, the 66-million year old fossil was discovered in South Dakota in 1987. Because the skull was largely intact when it was found, it is perhaps the finest T.rex skull ever unearthed. The fossil contains 60 percent of the original bones, 170 in all, making it the third most complete T. rex specimen in the world.

Wired Science: T. Rex Skeleton Can Finally Be Ogled by the Public.

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#3822: FUNEMPLOYED

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via ASCII Art Farts #3822: FUNEMPLOYED.

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The result of Facebook Privacy Changes

For most types of information on your profile, Facebook lets you select a level of disclosure. The following table summarizes the effects of each available option.

Option Who/What Can Access?
Friend Friend
of
Friend
Person
in
Network
Any Facebook User Any
Internet User
App You Run App Your Friend Runs Facebook or Bing Search
Publicly
Available
Information
YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES**
Everyone YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES**
Friends and Networks YES YES* YES YES**
Friends of Friends YES YES YES YES**
Only Friends YES YES YES**
Custom *** YES ***

*: For privacy purposes, persons in your regional network are not considered part of your networks, and thus would not be able to view this content.

**: By default, this information is available. However, users can change their search privacy settings and application privacy settings to change the availability of this information.

***: See Facebook for a description of the custom setting.

“Publicly Available Information” or “PAI”

Unlike the other privacy settings, “publicly available information” is not an option. This is the category of information in your profile that Facebook has decided must be publicly available. This means that there are no privacy settings that can prevent disclosure of information in this category, and anyone who finds and visits your profile page can see this information, as can any application that you or your friends use. Facebook search and Internet search engines can also see this information if you do not adjust your search privacy settings.

“Publicly available information” includes your name, profile photo, list of friends, pages you are a fan of, gender, networks to which you belong, and current city.

The existence and consequences of PAI are new. Before the current changes, from our experience it was possible to control the disclosure of everything but your name and the networks you belong to through the search privacy settings and through the profile option on the Profile: Basic Info privacy settings page. This option is no longer available to Facebook users.

**Friend List Update**

A lot of people seem to be wondering how to hide their friend lists on their profile pages. This is no longer a privacy setting because friend lists have been declared publicly available information.& However you can still hide the list on your profile page by clicking the pencil icon in the top right corner of the friends box and unchecking “Show my friends on my profile.” Unfortunately, this does not seem to affect the visibility of your friend list when someone searches for you on Facebook or on your public profile if you have chosen to allow indexing of your page, so there is no way that we have found to truly hide your friend list anymore. There also doesn’t seem to be a way to only display mutual friends, or to filter which of your friends see your friends list.

friendlist

“Everyone”

If you select the Everyone option, you are voluntarily making the information affected publicly available. It will be treated exactly the same as “publicly available information.” Any user (or application) on the site can potentially see it, and search engines can access it unless you change your search settings. This means that, even if you later change the setting to a more restrictive privacy option, the information may be preserved by other web sites or applications that have already accessed it.

“Custom”

If you select the Custom option, you can choose to share this information with specific groups of friends. These friends–and any app that they run, unless you adjust your application settings–will have access to this information, but your other friends will not.

This post quoted at length from What Does Facebook’s Privacy Transition Mean for You?
Copyright 2009 American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California
Reprinted with permission of the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California http://www.aclunc.org

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Report: Facebook Game Addicts “Paid” to Oppose Health Care Reform

Game

Read/WriteWeb

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How genetics works

How genetics works

Why Evolution Is True

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Schneier vs. Schmidt on “privacy is for those who have something to hide.”

Fire Lane, Do Not Block

During an interview on CNBC December 3rd Google CEO Eric Schmidt said:

I think judgment matters. If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place. If you really need that kind of privacy, the reality is that search engines — including Google — do retain this information for some time and it’s important, for example, that we are all subject in the United States to the Patriot Act and it is possible that all that information could be made available to the authorities.

Valleywag summarized this easy surrender of our basic rights in an article called Google CEO: Secrets Are for Filthy People.

So privacy is automatically wrong? If you’ve done nothing wrong, you have nothing to worry about (nothing to hide)?

Wrong! From the awesome Bruce Schneier:

Privacy protects us from abuses by those in power, even if we’re doing nothing wrong at the time of surveillance.

We do nothing wrong when we make love or go to the bathroom. We are not deliberately hiding anything when we seek out private places for reflection or conversation. We keep private journals, sing in the privacy of the shower, and write letters to secret lovers and then burn them. Privacy is a basic human need.

[…]

For if we are observed in all matters, we are constantly under threat of correction, judgment, criticism, even plagiarism of our own uniqueness. We become children, fettered under watchful eyes, constantly fearful that — either now or in the uncertain future — patterns we leave behind will be brought back to implicate us, by whatever authority has now become focused upon our once-private and innocent acts. We lose our individuality, because everything we do is observable and recordable.

[…]

Too many wrongly characterize the debate as “security versus privacy.” The real choice is liberty versus control. Tyranny, whether it arises under threat of foreign physical attack or under constant domestic authoritative scrutiny, is still tyranny. Liberty requires security without intrusion, security plus privacy. Widespread police surveillance is the very definition of a police state. And that’s why we should champion privacy even when we have nothing to hide.

See the rest at “Schneier on Security” My Reaction to Eric Schmidt.

Thanks to Boing Boing Schneier vs. Schmidt on “privacy is for those who have something to hide.”.

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Star Wars Zombie Posters Are Crying Out For Zombie Films To Advertise [Star Wars]

Gizmodo

via Star Wars Zombie Posters Are Crying Out For Zombie Films To Advertise [Star Wars].

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Trying not to… Spray & Pray

A Photo Editor

via Spray & Pray.

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Millwood Ranch Busted: Filled Creek with Debris

Information about the Pacifica landlord who owns buildings along Esplanade. Overall I’ve heard that he’s responsive to tenant concerns, etc. I’ve heard some frustrated complaints about him, but I’ve not been closely enough involved to judge for myself. The story:

A ranch owner has run afoul of city, state and federal laws by building several horse structures without a permit and endangering local wildlife habitat by illegally filling a creek with construction debris, according to officials.

Millard Tong founded Millwood Ranch four years ago, a 166-acre horse boarding and riding facility tucked into the hills behind Pacifica’s Linda Mar neighborhood. In the past year and a half, he has received five stop-work orders from Pacifica building officials for illegal construction work, ranging from July 2008 to November 2009. Tong finally halted his construction work on Nov. 4 after city officials arrived with…

Tong does has his own version of the story but it does sound like he’s naive and new to California and the Bay Area, or willful and self-centered, or both. At any rate we need more information to really judge:

“My impression was that a lot of structures we put up, like fencing and shelter for horses, were part the business of being on agricultural land. I was mistaken, so we stopped work and the city is reviewing the plans… (And) from the first time that the Water Quality Control Board came out and told me that pushing dirt in the creek was not legal, I stopped.”

Tong continues to believe that he should not have to apply for permits for activities like road maintenance and grading, which he says are part of the everyday duties of managing a ranch.

“There’s a lot of other work — cleaning the pastures, maintaining the fences, which are part of our work here. This ranch is not just a couple acres. There’s a lot of fire roads that have to be repaired. I can’t stop.”

From Inside the Bay Area (Pacifica rancher in trouble for filling creek with construction debris)

Thanks to Pacifica Riptide (Millwood Ranch Busted: Filled Creek with Debris).

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Film set on the moon

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this isn’t happiness: “Film set on the moon“.

originally

Golden Age Comic Book Stories: “one of my favorite film directors Fritz Lang“.

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Mars Rover Still Stuck

The Mars Rover is still stuck but the amazing thing is – it’s still working!

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New Agers and Creationists should not be President

Anatomy of Man's Body as Governed by the Twelve Constellations

Anatomy of Man's Body as Governed by the Twelve Constellations

Roger Ebert gets it right: at a deep level there is great similarity between new age and creationist thinking:

New Age beliefs are the Creationism of the Progressives. I move in circles where most people would find it absurd to believe that humans didn’t evolve from prehistoric ancestors, yet many of these same people quite happily believe in astrology, psychics, reincarnation, the Tarot deck, the i Ching, and sooth-saying. Palmistry and phrenology have pretty much blown over.

For more see his December 2 editorial on the Chicago Sun Times.

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