Donald Trump Jr. shared a doctored image that makes his father’s Gallup presidential approval rating look 10 points higher than it actually is — surprising even people who have otherwise become numb to factual distortions from Trump’s inner circle.
Trump Jr. did not acknowledge countless requests to correct the obviously manipulated image after he posted it to Instagram late Wednesday. It was deleted Friday afternoon, by which time tens of thousands of people had seen, shared or endorsed his father’s bogus 50 percent approval rating.
Here, as best we can piece together, is how the fakery started.
The image was originally a still frame from a CNN video that aired this week. Ironically, the network had been attempting to fact-check President Trump’s recent claim that he had “better [approval] numbers than Obama at this point, by far.”
So CNN’s John King pulled up a graphic based on Gallup’s presidential approval polls and various economic measures. While Trump outperformed his predecessor in terms of the deficit, employment rates and gross domestic product (Barack Obama became president during a deep recession, King noted), he clearly lagged behind Obama on the top line:
Trump had a 40 percent approval rating, compared with Obama’s 45 percent at the same point in his presidency.
King was hardly the first reporter to disprove one of Trump’s polling boasts, but the CNN segment annoyed many of the president’s hardcore supporters. “Trump is near 50% approval. CNN is absolute Fake news,” reads a typical complaint on Reddit’s far-right “The_Donald” board.
Something like a consensus formed on that forum — Trump’s real approval rating ought to be 50 percent. No one cited any data. Maybe they were recalling outlier polls that have put Trump’s numbers higher, like several from Rasmussen Reports, which the president tends to cherry pick and promote. Maybe they were following an axiom that Trump once put forward: “Whatever Trump’s poll number is, add nine.”
In any case, someone soon pasted a “50%” where CNN’s “40%” had been, and the crudely doctored freeze frame began to spread across the Trump Internet.
“Trumps doing big things people! No one can take him down!” wrote an Instagram user who shared the image several hours before it ended up on Trump Jr.’s page, in front of his 1.2 million followers.
“Amazing,” Trump Jr. wrote. “I guess there is a magic wand to make things happen and @realdonaldtrump seems to have it. #MAGA #amreicafirst.”
The initial surge of comments that followed Trump Jr.’s post were overwhelmingly positive — Trump fans thrilled at the president’s inflated approval rate.
But within minutes, people began to inform Trump Jr. that something was wrong.
“Yes, that ‘magic wand’ is Photoshop’s Magic Wand tool,” chrisconradie1 wrote to Trump Jr., referring to the software of choice for fake photo makers. Re-creation below:
Quite a few people noticed that this wasn’t even a quality hoax.
The “50%” was misaligned with the text on the original CNN graphic, and its background was a different shade of red. Also, by zooming in one could see that the original “40%” was still visible underneath the fake number.
It’s still unclear how Trump Jr. found the fake image, or why he decided to share it, or left it up for a day and a half. Neither he nor a representative responded to questions from The Washington Post sent Friday morning — but by midafternoon, the bogus image had disappeared from his Instagram account.
The article has been updated since Trump Jr. removed the image.
On goes the continuing SSL drama. With Godaddy not providing easy (any) access to Let’sEncrypt certificates from their Cpanel, life.. is .. annoying. I followed this very helpful guide https://github.com/Neilpang/acme.sh + script to get SSL up on https://craigryder.com before attempting it with my more important domains. It works, except I didn’t add the www when I:
Example 1: Single domain.
acme.sh --issue -d example.com -w /home/wwwroot/example.com What I should have done was:
Example 2: Multiple domains in the same cert.
acme.sh --issue -d example.com -d www.example.com -d cp.example.com -w /home/wwwroot/example.com
Well. This post is a bit of a mess.. I’m currently following up with the info from the link below in order to set my default domains in search console.
More on this later when I finish up other stuff that’s not getting done while I’m writing this..;)
Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) is an experience characterized by a static-like or tingling sensation on the skin that typically begins on the scalp and moves down the back of the neck and upper spine. It has been compared with auditory-tactile synesthesia.
ASMR signifies the subjective experience of “low-grade euphoria”
characterized by “a combination of positive feelings and a distinct
static-like tingling sensation on the skin”. It is most commonly
triggered by specific auditory or visual stimuli, and less commonly by
intentional attention control.
So, of all the ASMR videos out there that I checked out after running into the term, most did absolutely nothing for me. The ear cleaning, comb picking, shaving cream splurting, nail tapping, and various other methods sounded odd and even annoying. That’s just me though..
This woman, known as Gentle whispering ASMR, on the other hand, I found to be quite different. She begins by speaking in a very soft, soothing voice. Assuring us that we are valued and loved, that we deserve good things, we are good people and other gentle, positive assertions. This carries on as she walks around us, whispering in our ear, getting up close to the camera to simulate nearness and intimacy, suggesting that we are approachable, not the unlovable hideous beasts that we may consider ourselves to be, occasionally..
There are few places on the dirty old internet that immediately spring to mind as being places to seek solace, well, to find solace anyway. The fact that she has 1.5M subscribers and a similar number of views on most videos suggests to me that many of us are seeking this kind of gentle, caring, nurturing experience, and finding it. If people were to adopt some of these techniques and apply them to their relationships, would the world be a better place? Ok, maybe not the world.. but I believe that our Selves and our Selves that we share with our partners and those of our partners and etc could benefit from a little gentle whispery feelgood attention.
“sol·aceˈsäləs/noun noun: solace; plural noun: solaces
- 1. comfort or consolation in a time of distress or sadness.”she sought solace in her religion”synonyms:comfort, consolation, cheer, support, relief “they found solace in each other”
5 Artificial Intelligence Predictions For 2018
In the original Blade Runner—set in 2019—technologists had already developed replicant humans and flying cars. Although I’m doubtful we’ll hit that mark in real life, I’d venture we’re not too far off. Indeed, artificial intelligence (AI) has already become an everyday part of life for most humans in 2017. We use it at work and at home—often without even realizing. As we close out the year, I’d say there isn’t much artificial intelligence hasn’t touched. The big question now is: how much farther will it go? Although some tech gurus like to focus on the big-time futuristic predictions of AI—machine learning robots and self-driving cars—I think we’re most likely to see AI growth in the following five areas throughout 2018. (Don’t worry—no blade runners required.)
It may not sexy, but it’s what most companies will be focusing on when it comes to AI this coming year. With the steady growth of data produced by the Internet of Things (IoT), businesses will be turning to machine learning to process, trend, and analyze the information. Indeed, machine learning AI isn’t just a nice-to-have in 2018; it’s a must-have. It’s the only way companies can make valuable sense of the flow of data—both structured and unstructured—coming in. In fact, I’d reckon that any company without an AI data strategy may well do away with their data lakes altogether. It will simply be too much for any human to manage. (If you don’t yet have an AI strategy in place, don’t worry. Forrester predicts up to 80% of firms will rely on “insights-as-a-Service” in at least some capacity in 2018.)
More Human-like Help
Humans simply can’t keep up with the speed at which technology—and customer demands—are moving. That’s why more and more businesses are moving toward harnessing the power of conversational AI chatbots and other virtual assistants to manage the day-to-day flow of work. It is estimated that some 85% of customer interactions will be managed by AI by 2020.
In the near-term, we’ll likely see an increased focus on bot sensitivity training, which will allow humans to offload even more work on chatbot shoulders. And I’m not just talking about business. Amazon’s Alexa recently began syncing with Outlook and Google to help families keep up with their hectic schedules. Meanwhile, a new virtual assistant from X.ai called “Amy” can be trusted to respond to messages regarding meetings, meals, and calls without ever alerting the sender she’s a bot. We may not be ready for the Jetsons’ Rosie, but we’re getting closer.
Siri—And Other Tech—Will Hear You Better
Ugh, the pain of voice-texting a message, only to find you need to edit nearly every word because Siri didn’t get it. My guess is we’ll finally get a handle on conversational technology in 2018, including not just emotional sensitivity, but translational technology that allows us to communicate seamlessly between languages. This is big for both business and personal life, as I recently discussed in The Many Benefits of Conversational AI. Amazon is already training Alexa to recognize speech patterns that may be indicative of suicide. Eventually, bots may be able to perform psychiatric counseling or serve as a support network for those who are isolated.
Smart Automation Continues
Have you noticed Amazon’s subscription order services? When you purchase day-to-day products, it actually auto-populates your order to schedule regular delivery of these items—whether it’s paper towels, laundry, detergent, or dog food—on a weekly or monthly basis. Talk about locking you in to future sales. Just as AI has already shaken up the marketing industry with its ability to personalize marketing campaigns—and even tweak them in real-time—we’ll continue to see AI bringing smart automation to an even wider range of industries—from retail product delivery to machine maintenance, energy conservation, and more.
AI Adoption Will Continue To Grow
OK, this may not warrant its own bullet, but I just wanted to emphasize the fact that AI isn’t going anywhere. In fact, as the technology continues to refine itself, engineers are finding even greater—and more granular—uses for it, in all aspects of our lives. Yes, robots and self-flying delivery drones are cool. But the things we’re seeing now—and into 2018—are perhaps just as amazing. They have the power to take much of the drudgery out of our daily work and personal lives—something pretty much all of us can rally behind as we close another active year of tech advancement.
The fallout of the Equifax data breach is going to be felt by companies, individuals and government for years to come.
The fallout of the Equifax data breach is going to be felt by companies, individuals and government for years to come.
This digital disaster will cause millions of people significant stress as they are dragged into a near never-ending battle with identity thieves.
It will cost billions to contain, and attempt to clean-up, and the proceeds of the crime will throw even more fuel onto the roaring fire that is global cyber crime.
What is Equifax and what happened?
Equifax is one of the big four credit bureaus — they rank a person’s worthiness to receive credit — things like car loans, mortgages, credit cards or sometimes even services such as telephone, cable and, in the US, even health care.
Their database includes personally identifiable information — names, addresses and most crucially, data like social security numbers in the US or social insurance numbers in Canada.
‘Companies aren’t yet required to report data breaches or disclose any information about such breaches. We are severely lagging behind many countries in this regard … ‘— David Shipley
In May, an unknown group successfully breached Equifax’s online services by exploiting a vulnerability in their #web servers.
A software fix, called a patch for the vulnerability, had been available in March but was not put in place. Equifax only reported the breach last week. As many as 143 million Americans and reportedly as many as 44 million people in the UK are affected.
As of this weekend, all we know about Canada is that some people are affected, but no idea exactly how many or how much personal information has been compromised.
Reportedly 10,000 Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) subscribers in Canada have been notified that their information was included in the breach.
Why don’t we know more?
To be honest, it’s the result of gaping holes in Canada’s privacy legislation.
Companies aren’t yet required to report data breaches or disclose any information about such breaches.”
Read the entire article at the link below.
Toilet Paper Cost Calculator NAME (OPTIONAL) PRICE ROLLS SHEETS PER ROLL ImperialMetric Sheet dimensions (in) Total surface area (sq. ft) $0.00per sq. ft$0per 1000 sheets ADD TO COMPARE Maximum of 6 results for comparison These price ranges are estimates and should be considered a rough guideline. Great – $0.018 or less/square foot Good – $0.018 – $0.023/square foot Average – $0.023 – $0.028/square foot Poor – $0.028 and up/square foot All ratings based on 2-ply toilet paper.
- Anubis http://anubis.iseclab.org/
- BitBlaze http://bitblaze.cs.berkeley.edu/
- Comodo Instant Malware Analysis http://camas.comodo.com/
- Eureka http://eureka.cyber-ta.org/
- Hybrid Analysis http://www.hybrid-analysis.com/ or https://www.reverse.it/
- Jevereg http://jevereg.amnpardaz.com/
- Malwr http://malwr.com/
- Sunbelt Sandbox: http://www.sunbeltsecurity.com/sandbox/
- ThreatExpert http://www.threatexpert.com/
- ViCheck https://vicheck.ca/
- URL Profiler http://urlquery.net
- XecScan http://scan.xecure-lab.com/
- Detux http://detux.org/
- Viper https://viper.malwareconfig.com/
- deepviz https://sandbox.deepviz.com/
- Nviso https://apkscan.nviso.be/
Online #Link Checkers
- AVG Link Scanner http://linkscanner.explabs.com/linkscanner/avg/
- Dr.#Web Online Scanner http://vms.drweb.com/online/
- Exploit Prevention Labs, Online Web Safety Scan http://linkscanner.explabs.com/linkscanner/default.aspx
- Google Safe Browsing (change putyourlinkhere.com to url you want to check) http://www.google.com/safebrowsing/diagnostic?site=putyourlinkhere.com
- Jsunpack http://jsunpack.jeek.org/dec/go
- McAfee Site Advisor http://www.siteadvisor.com/sites/
- Norton Web Safe https://safeweb.norton.com/
- Online Link Scan http://onlinelinkscan.com/
- vUrl online Scanner http://vurl.mysteryfcm.co.uk/
- Wepawet http://wepawet.cs.ucsb.edu/
- URLVoid http://www.urlvoid.com/
- Buster Sandbox Analyzer http://bsa.isoftware.nl/
- HBGary software https://www.hbgary.com/products-services/
- IDefense Labs SysAnalyzer http://labs.idefense.com/software/
- Java Script Beatify http://jsbeautifier.org/
- Mandiant Memoryze, Red Curtain http://www.mandiant.com/products/free_software
- Sandboxie http://www.sandboxie.com/index.php?DownloadSandboxie
- PDF Examiner http://www.malwaretracker.com/pdf.php
- HTTP Viewer http://www.rexswain.com/httpview.html
NOTE: The content of this list is originally from: viewtopic.php?f=16&t=64. If you are reading it elsewhere, please visit the original location.
The click-to-Messenger ads Facebook introduced last November are now available for #Instagram.
Corbin DavenportRobots on Kickstarter or Indiegogo usually are slow-moving and expensive products, with little or no real utility. I don’t think ‘Aire’ is anything differe… by Corbin Davenport in News
Aire claims to be “the world’s first intelligent robotic home assistant capable of autonomous flight.” Functionality-wise, it’s essentially a drone with the propellers covered by a shroud (so little Timmy doesn’t get wounded when he runs into it). There are some more advanced features too, like a 4K camera and collision detection. Not only can it roam around without human control, but it can even act as a security camera with the Android and iOS apps. Artem said, and I quote, “If I’m not home and I want to see how my dog is doing, I can fly this thing and scare the shit out of it.”