Facebook Privacy Notice

Facebook Privacy Notice

Facebook has come up with “Instant personalisation” so what’s this? This allows partners to access your public information (Surely it enhances your experience on other specially selected 3rd party sites?) as it says:
We’ve partnered with a few websites to provide you with great, personalised experiences the moment you arrive, such as immediately playing the music you like or displaying friends’ reviews. To tailor your experience, these partners only access public information (like your name and profile picture) and information available to everyone.” – Facebook

To turn off instant personalisation on all partner sites, un-tick the box and follow:
Go to Account > Privacy Settings > Apps & Websites >Instant Personalization > edit settings & uncheck “Enable” (if available for you!) It shares your information with other website(s)

after all, they can’t just share information with third party sites surely without our consent surely?

Thinking Your Way Through Traffic in a Brain-Control Car

Thinking Your Way Through Traffic in a Brain-Control Car

John Prine wasn’t far off when he sang in “Living In the Future” that “we’re all driving rocket ships and talking with our minds.” We’re still waiting for our rocket ships, but German researchers have developed a car you can drive with your mind.

BrainDriver uses off-the-shelf parts, including an electroencephalography system designed for gaming, to control an autonomous Volkswagen Passat. The car isn’t very fast, and it responds to only rudimentary commands, but it brings us one step closer to the day we’re simply passengers along for the ride in vehicles that drive themselves.

The whole thing was not done as a real application for today, but as a ‘technology push,’ as a proof of concept of what technology can already achieve” says Raul Rojas, a professor of artificial intelligence at the Free University of Berlin. “An intriguing question is how to ‘hybridize’ human and machine, and it was fun to try this with our car.

The thought-controlled car underscores the pace of development since Darpa kick-started autonomous vehicle research in 2004 with the Grand Challenge. In the past six months alone we’ve seen a robotic Audi TTS scale Pikes Peak and students at Virginia Tech University develop a car the blind can drive. Volvo has participated in a successful test of autonomous “road trains,” and Google’s autonomous cars have racked up more than 140,000 miles.

Although we’re still a long way from the day our cars do the driving for us, we’re seeing some of the technology in production cars. Adaptive cruise control is but one example of artificial intelligence on four wheels.

Last year Rojas and his colleagues developed EyeDriver, a car you control with eye movements. That got them thinking about using the human mind to control a vehicle directly.

Thinking Your Way Through Traffic in a Brain-Control Car
BrainDriver uses an electroencephalography headset developed by Emotiv. Sixteen sensors measure the brain’s electromagnetic signals and send them to a computer. The computer translates them into directions — turn left, turn right, accelerate, stop — for the car’s drive-by-wire autonomous system to control the brakes, accelerator and steering.

Of course this is somewhat slow for real driving. since the interpretation-integration of commands takes some time, and therefore you need a big open space to test.” Rojas says.

The technology also doesn’t work with everyone.

There is something people in the brain-computer interface community call ‘BCI literacy,’ that is, that you can really use a BCI and control a computer,” Rojas says. “For unknown reasons a big chunk of the population is BCI-illiterate.

That required testing a handful of students. Only the most “literate” one was turned loose in the Passat.

He is so good that our psychologists at the university are starting now to measure him with much more sensors and even to scan him in an fMRI machine,” Rojas says. “They want to find out why some people are BCI-illiterate and others aren’t.

The team tested the tech two weeks ago at Tempelhof airport to avoid hitting anything, and on campus — albeit with more rigorous control by the human driver. Although the technology works, Rojas says it probably has little application in automobiles.

Since our main goal is that the car drives itself, and we just give commands now and then, probably speech recognition is a better choice,” he says. “But BCI is fascinating, and I cannot really foresee now where all this is going.

Rojas and his team plan to demonstrate their autonomous car with a real-world test in Berlin traffic later this year.

We are about to receive the permission from the city, and we already insured the car for 25 million euros” [$34.5 million], he says. “We don’t think we will need the insurance but the city is not taking any chances!

Photos and video: Freie Universität Berlin.

via, Wired

Facebook Photo Theater Killer Gets Rid Of Facebook’s New Photo View Mode

Facebook recently rolled out a new photo viewer which they say “makes it simpler and faster to navigate photos”. The benefit of the new photo viewer is the fact that no new pages are loaded even if the user views multiple photos on Facebook.

Facebook’s new photo viewer has caused quite the controversy among Facebook users with more than 2200 mostly negative comments about it. There are some that like the new style of the photo viewer while the majority does not like its features at all to say it mildly. When there is controversy there is usually a workaround around the next corner.

There are actually a few things that Facebook users can do to get rid of the new photo viewer. From manual workarounds like reloading the web page (hit f5 in the browser) to Ctrl-clicking (or middle-clicking) the photo to open it in a new tab so that the new photo viewer is circumvented to userscripts like the Facebook Photo Theater Killer

he userscript basically replaces the new photo viewer on Facebook with the old viewer that is still accessible. It is however not clear if Facebook will keep the old photo viewer up and running indefinitely. The userscript will break the moment Facebook disables the old photo viewer. For now, it is working perfectly.

The Greasemonkey script for now offers the only automatic solution to prevent the opening of photos in Facebook’s new photo viewer.

The script is compatible with Firefox if the Greasemonkey add-on is installed in the browser and Google Chrome if the Tampermonkey extension has been installed.

Users should see no sign of the new Facebook photo anymore after the script has been installed. Previous versions of the userscript showed the new viewer for a split second before the old photo viewer page was loaded.

Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox users can download and install the userscript from its page.

via, gHacks

Justin Bieber meets grisly end – on CSI

Teen singing sensation Justin Bieber may have a new movie out in cinemas, but it’s a television appearance that has his army of fans chatting excitedly this morning.

In a scene that will surely horrify his tweenage fan base, Bieber’s character has been shot dead on the hit CBS TV show CSI.

Bieber’s character’s brother, Alex McCann, was shot and killed in the season premiere.

The 16-year-old returned to the crime series to revive his role playing troubled teen Jason McCann in an episode titled A Target of Obsession which aired in the US last night.

In the episode’s climactic scene there’s a dramatic standoff between McCann and the authorities which ends in a storm of gunfire.

McCann is shot dead by police. Bieber’s fatal wounds will ensure this second appearance on CSI will be his last.

McCann’s tragic end on CSI, however, did not dampen the heart-throb’s excitement about the airing of his episode.

The teen sensation took to his Twitter account to share his excitement about the broadcast, tweeting;

Everyone back home make sure to tune into CSI tonight!! Jason McCann is BACK!!

Source: NzHerald

Bruno Mars dodges jail with guilty plea on felony drug case

Grammy winner Bruno Mars has pleaded guilty to his felony cocaine possession case in a Las Vegas courtroom Wednesday. The 25-year-old “Just the Way You Are” singer dodged jail in exchange for 200 hours of community service and a year of probation.

Mars – real name Peter Gene Hernandez – was arrested in the Sin City in September after he was seen with a 2.6-gram bag of cocaine.

His legal team managed to work out a plea deal, though. Instead of jail, he was ordered to be placed on probation for a year, undergo drug counseling, and complete 200 hours of community service, as well as pay a $2,000 fine.

Because he is a first-time offender, the felony charge will be wiped clean from his record if he stays out of trouble for the next twelve months. If he misbehaves, he could face prison time.

Mars has just won Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for his single “Just the Way You Are” at the Grammys on Sunday.

Source: CNS

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