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"Why Beauty Is A Scam..." on YouTube
We find symmetrical faces beautiful because we like symmetry in nature.

Study: Instagram is the worst social network for mental health. Women are most affected. YouTube is the only positive one.

Japanese wabi-sabi

The more perfect a model's face is, the lower their self esteem.

Those who make money from their looks are more eccentric. Beautiful people are paid and promoted more.
video  against  Instagram 
2 days ago
Here's One Way To Tell If An Amazon Product Is Counterfeit
The system through which Amazon sellers list products also makes it possible for counterfeiters to essentially hijack an established product’s listing, and sell their lower-quality, ripped-off versions to unsuspecting buyers.

The team reached out to Amazon repeatedly — four times over the course of the month. “We’ve gotten very canned responses. Sometimes they take a day, sometimes a week, and they still might not take down the seller [for another couple of days].

It’s incredibly easy for anyone to sign up for an Amazon seller account and begin selling products, and especially counterfeit products, through FBA.
against  Amazon  counterfeit  knockoff  copycat  ripoff 
2 days ago
There's A War Going On Behind Amazon's "Add To Cart" Button
[[To the average user who lands on a product page it's all pretty straightforward. To the left are photos of the item — a cell phone charger, let's say. To the right, there's the "Add to Cart" button. Pretty simple, right?

But dozens of sellers may all be offering that same charger, and only one is chosen by Amazon's systems to get the sale when you hit Add to Cart. The others are relegated further down the page, and the vast majority of Amazon users never bother to look at them.

That yellow button, known as the "buy box", is ultra-prime real estate. For online sellers, winning the race for the buy box is similar to landing the first result on a Google search or, in the brick-and-mortar world, being displayed in the most visible, highly trafficked sections of supermarket aisles.

"The majority of the sales that occur on Amazon goes to the seller who is in the Buy box, about 85 to 90-plus percent,"

That means the buy box doesn't always feature the cheapest option. Instead, it's a balance of price, service, and Amazon's evaluation of the seller.

"I would tell you that we’re really a data company," said Alexander Lans, the owner of One Stop Equine Shop which sells its horseback riding gear on Amazon as OSO1O. "That's what we are for all intents and purposes. In 2017, most companies are data companies."

Lans, who has been selling products on Amazon since 2011, told BuzzFeed News that while the company is staffed by horse enthusiasts, its selection of products — and whether it sells them on its own site or on Amazon — is based completely on data.

A difference of 50 cents or, sometimes, just a penny can influence your share of buy box sales, he said.

"Obviously you have to be competitive," said Peters. "I think a good number to hit is to be under 2% of the best price. You don't always have to win the best price to win equal share of Buy box but if you’re within 1-2% you're going to get an equal share."
Amazon  awareness  shopping  consumerism 
2 days ago
“Amazon’s Choice” Recommends Some Obviously Crappy Products. Blame The Algorithm.
Amazon has started including “Editorial Recommendations,” based on actual testing by sites like Wirecutter, OutdoorGearLab, and Reviewed, to compensate for “Amazon’s Choice” screwups.

So when you’re shopping on Amazon and see something marked “Amazon’s Choice,” don’t immediately click to buy. First look at the reviews and see if there’s review recycling or anything suspicious about the quality of reviews. You can also copy the listing’s link and run it through a fake-review-detection system like ReviewMeta or Fakespot. Then do a quick Google search to see if the company selling the product has a legitimate website or if the item has been reviewed by a publication or site dedicated to consumer products, like Good Housekeeping, Consumer Reports, or Wirecutter. I know, it’s a lot of work. Whatever you do, don’t take “Amazon’s Choice” at face value.

When you’re looking at a search result with hundreds of options on Amazon, the “Amazon’s Choice” label may give you a sense of relief. The label’s name and prominent placement seem to imply that listings with the “Amazon’s Choice” designation — even more authoritative than a simple “Best-Selling” badge — are a curated selection of products reviewed and tested by the company, and highlighted for shoppers looking for similar products. But “Amazon’s Choice” isn’t that at all, and here’s the disappointing news: It’s a label automatically awarded to listings by an algorithm based on customer reviews, price, and whether the product is in stock. And those choices Amazon’s software makes aren’t always reliable — in fact, sometimes they’re Amazon-recommended crap.

One of the phrases Amazon highlights from the infant thermometer reviews is “waste your money.”

YouTuber LockPickingLawyer found that several Amazon’s Choice “high security padlocks” could be picked in two seconds, and another that didn’t require any picking at all. LockPickingLawyer also discovered that the AmazonBasics Security Safe (Amazon’s Choice for “safe”) could be opened in three seconds with a tool bought, ironically, on Amazon. The products, he told BuzzFeed News, were all “deeply flawed.”

“When Amazon sends us back customer returns, many flasks are not ours,” Barton told BuzzFeed News. Listings can feature multiple sellers for the same product, and Amazon’s system chooses one based on a variety of factors when a customer clicks “Add to Cart,” unbeknownst to most shoppers.

"it’s deceptive to misrepresent that reviews for one product apply to a different product.” Dorman noted that fraud and deception are treated equally under the FTC Act.

While customers are nudged to buy shoddy products, highlighted by an algorithm that can’t detect nuances in review manipulation or customer sentiment in those reviews, Amazon still profits. McCabe said the Amazon’s Choice label encourages customers to buy, thus helping both marketplace sellers and Amazon (which earns a portion of each sale). “For sellers, Amazon’s Choice means they’re going to win the ‘buy’ box more. It ups their visibility. For customers, they’re going to buy more. It’s a trusted-brand seal of approval from Amazon itself,” McCabe said.
against  Amazon  Choice 
2 days ago
Review Reuse fraud on Amazon (swapped product listing)
The mismatch between the product and the review may appear random, perhaps a glitch, but it’s a deliberate tactic Amazon sellers use to accumulate reviews. They take an existing product page, then update the photo and description to show an entirely different product. By retaining all the existing reviews, the new product looks more tested and legitimate to shoppers — and in the world of online reviews, quantity is key. More ratings make a product appear to be more well-reviewed and, ultimately, boosts sales.

“Customers normally don’t read reviews,” said an Amazon electronics seller, who wished to remain anonymous. “They usually base their decision on how many reviews the product has and what the star rating is. ... The ones that do read them usually read the latest reviews or the ones voted most helpful.” Some sellers, he said, even hire people to hit the “Helpful” button on a review so that it appears first (a practice that is banned by Amazon’s seller guidelines).

ScrapeHero estimates Amazon now includes 564 million products just in the US

A single page can be manipulated multiple times over the years. Based on the reviews for a hair-straightening brush sold by AsaVea, the listing was for an SPF 30 lotion in 2006, and then a deodorant in 2010, and then a St. Ives face scrub in 2012, and then a mascara in January 2018, before ultimately becoming a hair-styling tool.

Longtime Amazon customer Marat Nepomnyashy was scrolling through his Amazon purchase history earlier this year, when he noticed pictures of products he didn’t buy. He clicked on the product page, and was surprised to discover that an extended battery he bought in 2014 was now a ZeroLemon clip-on Bluetooth speaker. “I realized that the product sold has been switched, and my positive review was now promoting this new product that I had nothing to do with.”
swapped  product  listing  fake  review  reuse  fraud  against  Amazon 
2 days ago
Amazon Sellers Are Using Facebook Chatbots To Cheat Their Way To Good Reviews
Inauthentic positive reviews don’t just benefit third-party sellers, who commission them for higher sales, and Amazon, which earns revenue. Facebook is profiting from the fake review economy too: According to WordStream, an online advertising adviser, the average cost per Facebook click for the retail industry is 70 cents.

In a statement, an Amazon spokesperson said, “Any attempt to manipulate customer reviews is strictly prohibited.” In 2018, Amazon spent over $400 million fighting misconduct, like review abuse and fraud, and asked social media sites like Facebook to remove hundreds of incentivized review groups, according to the spokesperson. “We suspend, ban, and take legal action on those who violate our policies,” they added.
fake  review  against  Amazon  Facebook  ads 
2 days ago
Inside Amazon’s Fake Review Economy (May 2018)
In 2017, Amazon accounted for nearly half of all e-commerce sales in the US (44%) with $196.8 billion in sales.

The systems that create fraudulent reviews are a complicated web of subreddits, invite-only Slack channels, private Discord servers, and closed Facebook groups, but the incentives are simple: Being a five-star product is crucial to selling inventory at scale in Amazon’s intensely competitive marketplace — so crucial that merchants are willing to pay thousands of people to review their products positively.

CEO Jeff Bezos recently revealed the company counts more than 100 million paying Amazon Prime members globally, the $119-per-year membership

In 2017, third-party merchants brought in $32 billion of revenue, and nearly 300,000 new sellers joined the marketplace last year alone.

In a 2011 survey, 87% of consumers said a positive review confirmed their decision to purchase a product; online customer reviews are the second most trusted source of product information, behind recommendations from family and friends. But only 3% to 10% of customers leave reviews. The best way to make it on Amazon is with positive reviews, and the best way to get positive reviews is to buy them.

In October 2016, Amazon banned free items or steep discounts in exchange for reviews facilitated by third parties. Amazon’s ban didn’t stop sellers from recruiting reviewers. It only drove the practice underground. Reviewers are no longer simply incentivized with free stuff — they’re commissioned specifically for a five-star rating in exchange for cash. The bad reviews are harder to spot, too: They don’t contain any disclosures (because incentivized reviews are banned, and a disclosure would indicate that the review violates Amazon’s terms). Paid reviewers also typically pay for products with their own credit cards on their own Amazon accounts, with which they have spent at least $50, all to meet the criteria for a “verified purchase,” so their reviews are marked as such.

based on his analysis of Amazon data, Noonan estimates that Amazon hosts around 250 million reviews. Noonan's website has collected 58.5 million of those reviews, and the ReviewMeta algorithm labeled 9.1%, or 5.3 million of the dataset's reviews, as “unnatural.”

Type in “Amazon Review” into Facebook’s search box, and more than a hundred groups will pop up. Two of the more popular groups, Amazon Review Club and US — Amazon Review Club, which had 69,000 and 60,000 members, respectively, were recently shut down, but many more groups remain, with tens of thousands of members apiece.

Most sellers are Chinese

the 36,629-member /r/slavelabour subreddit, which is dedicated to getting “jobs done well below market rate,” has a formalized process for posting opportunities for would-be Amazon reviewers.

Sellers post “tasks” that include leaving positive reviews on their products — or one-star reviews on competitors’ products. One listing read, “The reviews don’t need to be verified or anything, so the task won’t take more than a minute of your time. I will send you the link to the product, you go and leave a brief 1 star review, and that’s it. I will pay $5 to you through Paypal as soon as the review is live on Amazon.”

The most active reviewers become headhunters, working to recruit /r/slavelabour users into private Discord servers or Slack channels dedicated solely to feeding the Amazon review ecosystem.

Sellers typically pay between $4 to $5 per review, plus a refund of the product. Moderators take a cut off the top — around 20% to 25% for the Discord server I gained access to, but reviewers get to keep the item for free.

a Veil Fragrances representative, acknowledged the company had paid for reviews, “but you have to as its [sic] really hard to launch a product without them.”

Over the next few years, BedBand became Amazon’s best-selling sheet fastener, with more $700,000 in annual sales. [...] Counterfeits, sold in bulk on AliExpress, had flooded Amazon’s sheet fastener market, and many gained dozens of five-star reviews very quickly. Over the next eight months, sales tanked. “There were tears,” said Whaley. “We wondered whether it was time to look for different jobs.” She was forced to lay off eight contractors, half her staff at the time.

Many reviewers who spoke to BuzzFeed News are men in their late teens or early twenties

Frank, whose name has been changed, manages an Amazon review Slack channel in his spare time. The entrepreneurial 18-year-old scours Amazon for products that aren’t well-rated and offers the product’s seller his Slack channel’s review services. Listings with a small number of reviews and a low-star rating are ideal candidates. “If [a product listing] has 30 reviews with an average of 2.5 stars, it’s worth it and I’ll reach out,” he said.

Through the “Amazon FBA” or “Fulfillment by Amazon” program, anyone can open their own Amazon storefront. It’s easy: Buy products in bulk from an online wholesale supplier, like AliExpress, then send the inventory to one of Amazon’s warehouses, where Amazon will take care of all aspects of distribution, from payment to order fulfillment to shipping.

David, whose name has been changed, is an FBA seller who has considered buying five-star reviews. “It feels like the people making the most money are those who are violating Amazon’s terms of service,” he said.

David didn’t invent anything. He didn’t go to medical school. But he makes about $1,000 a month selling suture training pads for medical professionals on Amazon.

Sam Feldman started selling CardBuddy, a stick-on wallet for phones, on Amazon as a college student. CardBuddy was the first leather product of its kind on Amazon, but Feldman didn’t have a patent. Competitors quickly copied the product, its packaging, and even used CardBuddy’s photos. One seller had gained 500 reviews in two months. According to Feldman, the reviews were “clearly fake.”

“One day my sales were cut in half, and it was so upsetting,” Feldman told BuzzFeed News.

Meanwhile, Amazon’s customers — left in the dark about the sophisticated mechanics behind the seemingly genuine reviews that guide their purchasing decisions — continue to buy products of shoddy quality that don’t meet their expectations.

Whaley paused for a while when asked what more Amazon could do to keep reviews off the platform. “The fake reviews and sales are so intertwined now. I don’t know how they can get rid of it. It seems hopeless. The reviews process was amazing when they started it, but it’s been so corrupted now,” she said.
fake  reviews  sales  fraud  against  Amazon 
2 days ago
This Amazon Customer Has Received Hundreds Of Free Products In Exchange For 5-Star Reviews
if you’ve considered buying an Instant Pot recently, her 5-star review, complete with photos and a video, might have nudged you toward a knockoff instead of the real thing. It’s entirely fake, but Jessica told BuzzFeed News she doesn’t think she’s gaming the system; she’s trying to help brands grow their businesses in Amazon’s massive marketplace. “I’m just a pawn in their marketing scheme,” she said.

Sellers reach out to Jessica through targeted Facebook ads touting free items or dedicated review groups with thousands of members, and give her a specific set of instructions to purchase their products on Amazon. After she leaves a 5-star review, the sellers reimburse her via PayPal or an Amazon gift card, and let her keep the items she reviews.

Jessica’s activity, as far as Amazon is concerned, looks legitimate. She makes purchases from her own Amazon account and credit card, so her reviews are labeled as a “verified purchase.” After the sellers confirm Jessica has left a 5-star review, the payment is made out of Amazon’s view.

Amazon reported that in 2018, customers spent $160 billion on items from third-party sellers — 58% of all sales on the site. More than 1 million sellers joined Amazon marketplaces around the world that year.

With thousands of new sellers signing up every day, there is a lot of competition — much of which comes from China. A Wall Street Journal story found that in 2018, a new product from China was uploaded every 1/50th of a second.

a 1-star increase in a product’s average rating led to a 26% jump in sales

for the search term “men’s sunglasses,” the top 5 vendors each rake in $60,000 per month on average; the top 10 sellers earn $53,000, and products on the first page make $42,000.

she tries to be thoughtful about what she writes (although never mentions outright that a product is bad) — but no matter what she says, each review receives the same rating: 5 stars.

As an Amazon Prime member with an Amazon Chase credit card, Jessica is, ironically, rewarded for exploiting the company’s blind spots. She’s made hundreds of dollars through the Amazon card’s cashback benefit as a result of the purchases, which come at nearly no cost to her.

But sometimes the products are worse, and Jessica still rates them 5 stars. “I haven’t found a thermometer by doing this that works correctly — they all give me different readings,” she said. Jessica is afraid to use the electronic appliances she receives, which often come with incomprehensible instructions written in both English and Chinese.

Jessica also doesn’t trust health and beauty products on the site, because of her boyfriend, a chemist, who has found toxic ingredients in analyses of unregulated products.

A coworker at Jessica’s day job once asked her about a keratin hair mask she had seen Jessica review. But Jessica hadn’t actually used the mask, and explained how the hustle really works. “She was noticeably disappointed that she trusted the review. I really felt bad!” Jessica said. She offered the coworker her unused bottle.

“I definitely feel like I have to keep [the reviewing] a secret from people who have strong morals,” Jessica added.

Rebate websites offer Amazon products at deep discounts or for free and streamline the process for giveaway seekers like Jessica. The fake purchases increase the item's sales rank, which can help attract more genuine sales. To receive a full refund, she agrees to buy the item on Amazon within a certain time period, submits her order number to the seller as proof of purchase, and, most importantly, promises to not return the item. The websites wait 35 days, after Amazon’s return window closes, to refund Jessica through PayPal, and don’t require a review.

"For honest brands, [the rebate sites] are a devastating loophole," commented James Thomson, another former Amazon employee who is now with Buy Box Experts, a consultancy for sellers.

Through reviewing herself, Jessica now knows that many Amazon reviews are inauthentic. Despite that, she pays for a $119 annual Prime membership and uses the site for personal purchases, separate from her fake reviews. But she doesn’t consider reviews while browsing: “When I see an off-brand product that’s Amazon’s Choice, [that label] doesn’t mean anything to me anymore,” she said.
consumerism  fake  review  fraud  against  Amazon 
2 days ago
The Unsolved Mystery of the Medallion Fund’s Success - Bloomberg
average annual returns of close to 70% before fees since 1988 without ever suffering a yearly loss

After deducting enormous expenses—5% of assets, plus up to 44% of profits—the fund still has an average annual return of 39% over its lifetime
trading  hedge  fund  finance 
3 days ago
The complexity of whether or not to send a notification in Slack
"This is the flow[chart] for sending a notification in Slack. Software is hard."
software  complexity  visualization 
4 days ago
Single mum marries her RUG in ceremony surrounded by friends - and calls him Mat
Amanda Liberty, 35, from Leeds, says she is in an open relationship with several light fittings, but plans to wed a chandelier called Lumiere.

She changed her surname from Whittaker during a previous long-distance relationship with the Statue of Liberty.

Amanda identifies as an objectum sexual — meaning she is attracted to objects.
WTF  crazy  story  marry  object 
4 days ago
HOME | pokefi
Via Google Fi alternative - "cheaper at USD3/GB and a bit faster than Skyroam from my testing. Also covers less countries. No limiting (beyond your ability to pay). Website and recharging is a bit clunky but works"
Goolge-Fi  alternative  international  mobile  data  carrier  roaming 
11 days ago
The FDA is fast-tracking a second psilocybin drug to treat depression | Popular Science
In October 2018 the FDA granted a Breakthrough Therapy designation to COMPASS Pathways for its use of psilocybin in addressing treatment-resistant depression (TRD). As the name suggests, this condition is defined by depressive symptoms that don’t improve with the use of two or more standard therapies. Also, in March 2019, the FDA approved a TRD nasal spray (designed to mimic the positive effects of the hallucinogenic ketamine) as the first new antidepressant in decades.

But unlike that recently released spray and COMPASS Pathways’ ongoing trials, the latest potential therapy to get a boost from the FDA targets major depressive disorder (MDD). While TRD is estimated to affect about 5 million people in the U.S., at least 17 million American adults have MDD, which is more commonly referred to simply as “depression.” Depression is the leading cause of disability among Americans age 15 to 44, and affects hundreds of millions of people globally.

The latest Breakthrough Therapy designation goes to the Usona Institute, a nonprofit medical research group dedicated to “understanding of the therapeutic effects of psilocybin and other consciousness-expanding medicines.” Usona recently launched a Phase 2 clinical trial (more on what trial phases mean here) and is actively recruiting participants for an 80-person study. The trial will aim to determine the efficacy of treating depressed patients with single, one-time oral doses of psilocybin."
depression  cure  treatment  mushrooms 
16 days ago
What makes you a true master - A geek with a hat
Miriam could not only explain why we should do something, but also how. Exactly how. She’d look at your punch and say “No no, move your wrist 5 degrees this way” and damn what a difference. Or she’d explain that yes punching to the body is good, but if you punch an inch higher you hit their ribs and your opponent can’t flex those. 🤯

3 months with her improved my boxing more than 3+ years of other trainers. Phenomenal.

The difference was that she wasn’t just talented, she also had a deep understanding of fighting. What you have to do, why you have to do it, how you have to do it, the little tricks that make you more effective. Her advice was measured in half-inch adjustments.

Teaching might be a separate skill, but true mastery is being able to break down exactly how you do what you do and why.

Oh and better yet: she explained how it should feel when we get it right. So not only would we know what to do, but also how to tell if we did it right.
mastery  teaching  skill 
17 days ago
Fuck Yes or No | Mark Manson
Remember, it’s your job to look for something cool in everyone you meet; it’s not their job to show you. This is life, not a fucking sales convention.
decision  making 
20 days ago
Trackers using DNS delegation can only be blocked on Firefox
...because Chrome doesn't have an API for DNS resolution
against  Chrome 
20 days ago
Install Geany on Ubuntu
'cuz building from source should require a PhD in Linux.

sudo apt-get install geany-plugin-spellcheck
Linux  text  editor 
21 days ago
Has anyone ever shipped to Brazil? - Selling on Amazon / General Selling Questions - Amazon Seller Forums
"Brazil is one of the problem countries.

This is a 2015 announcement:

Brazil Customs requires any incoming parcels be clearly marked with the recipient’s name, address and tax ID number. For individuals, that’s called the CPF (short for Cadastro de Pessoas Fisicas) and for businesses it’s the CNPJ (Cadastro Nacional da Pessoa Jurídica). Customs uses the numbers to assess the tax, and requires the recipient to make the duty payment before he/she can collect the parcel. Private courier services have become quite efficient at collecting a customer’s CPF and tax obligation before shipping the parcel to Brazil, ensuring it moves through customs quickly.

Packages may be refused or destroyed without that tax ID number.

Anecdotal evidence indicates some packages are delivered without it."
against  Brazil  shipping  travel 
25 days ago
[Q] Debloat? | Huawei P30 Pro
You can do it with ADB:
TO disable :
adb shell pm disable-user --user 0 <package name>
TO re-enable:
adb shell pm enable --user 0 <package name>

Disabling (freezing) apks is safer because you can re-enable.

Otherwise, to uninstall, adb shell pm package list -f and adb shell uninstall the path
Android  debloat  howto 
25 days ago
Marriage and Happiness: 18 Long-Term Studies | Psychology Today
"Except for that initial short-lived honeymoon effect for life satisfaction, getting married did *not* result in getting happier or more satisfied. In fact, for life satisfaction and relationship satisfaction, the trajectories over time headed in the less satisfied direction."

Continued in

"The combined results of 18 long-term studies showed that getting married did not make people any happier and that satisfaction with the relationship actually decreased over time. The only hint of a benefit was a brief increase in life satisfaction around the time of the wedding, which soon went away. All of these failures to find that getting married makes you happier came from a set of studies biased in favor of making marriage look better than it really is."
marriage  happiness  decrease  study 
4 weeks ago
Trends in Psychological Well-Being, 1972-2014
Marriage happiness allegedly ~60% "very happy" and ~35% "pretty happy".
Only 5% "not too happy".

No specs on how many years into it. Question was,

"Taking things all together, how would you describe your marriage? Would you say that your marriage is very happy, pretty happy, or not too happy?"
marriage  marital  happiness  USA  study 
4 weeks ago
Citizenship by investment programs worldwide | Passports.IO
Only 9 countries. No Belize or BVI.

See for comparing residence requirements.
compare  country  passport  citizenship  residency 
4 weeks ago
"If travel influencers were HONEST" on YouTube
"And with the right color grading and uplifting cinematic music, I can make average looking places look totally Insta-worthy"

See also about Bali in particular
awareness  travel  humor  parody  fun  video  sexy  against  scam  debunk 
4 weeks ago
Anti-Aging Potentials of Methylene Blue for Human Skin Longevity | Scientific Reports

[[In summary, MB at nanomolar concentration is potent to scavenge free radicals and stimulate cell proliferation in both young and old dermal fibroblasts. MB treatment on 3D reconstructed skin models provides strong evidence of its potential for improving skin viability, increasing skin hydration and thickness, promoting skin elastin and collagen synthesis, and protecting the skin matrix through the inhibition of enzymatic degradation by MMP. Altogether, our study suggests that MB can be a promising agent for use in anti-aging cosmetics.]]

* only in-vitro studies
* serious side effects if ingested
skincare  anti-aging  longevity  supplement 
4 weeks ago
Acarbose, 17‐α‐estradiol, and nordihydroguaiaretic acid extend mouse lifespan preferentially in males - Harrison - 2014 - Aging Cell - Wiley Online Library
"MB did not alter median lifespan of males or females, but did produce a small, statistically significant (6%, P = 0.004) increase in female maximum lifespan." - the least of them all
methylene  blue  longevity  life-extension 
4 weeks ago
Researchers hack Siri, Alexa, and Google Home by shining lasers at them | Ars Technica
"The attack exploits a vulnerability in microphones that use micro-electro-mechanical systems, or MEMS. The microscopic MEMS components of these microphones unintentionally respond to light as if it were sound. "

100m range, invisible when using infrared.
hack  voice  assistant  laser  IoT  security 
4 weeks ago
List of privacy-aware Android apps
Instant messaging, file managers, YouTube alternatives, document viewers etc.
Android  opens-source  apps  tools  privacy 
5 weeks ago
skylot/jadx: Dex to Java decompiler
Access resources inside Android apps, such as the (often useless) manifest. Beat ClassyShark.
APK  decompile  reverse  engineer 
5 weeks ago
How much protein do you need per day? |
For muscle gain, 3 studies confirm you don't gain any more muscle if you eat more protein (3.3 g/kg rather than 1.8–2.6 g/kg).

Two of the studies found you might gain less fat if you eat at a caloric surplus around 500 cal, but one did not.
protein  muscle  gain  diet 
5 weeks ago
PADI Course Skills circuit
~30 skills. Very skilled divers!
video  diving  skills  howto 
5 weeks ago
Marketing vs. Advertising: What’s the Difference?
advertising is a component of marketing. Marketing refers to preparing a product for the marketplace. Advertising is making your product and service known to an audience or marketplace. Advertising is a specific step of marketing. Advertising uses the data and research collected by marketing strategies to best communicate the brand.

Marketing is a more controlled and wider-reaching process, while advertising is specific to brand communication. In a way, marketing is both research and practice, while advertising is straight practice. Marketing involves consumer behavior and marketing research, while advertising involves creative endeavors like design and multimedia production.
advertising  marketing  difference 
5 weeks ago
Jitsi Meet - browser-based video conference
Jitsi Meet is a fully encrypted, 100% open source video conferencing solution that you can use all day, every day, for free — with no account needed.
conference  call  audio  video  secure  open-source 
5 weeks ago
How Turkey Defied the U.S. and Became a Killer Drone Power
Video of the drone killing: ("Adım adım PKK'ya 'üst düzey' darbe")

"Turkish intelligence was monitoring his entourage’s satellite phones and was able to learn that he was traveling in a white pickup truck as part of a PKK convoy. The Turkish government has released an extraordinary video of the attack. A TB2 watched overhead, tracking his convoy, as one laser-guided bomb struck his pickup truck. The drone kept watching as dozens of Ozden’s colleagues streamed onto the roadway and moved him into another vehicle. As the second vehicle made its way down the road towards a fortified PKK base, the drone struck, killing Ozden and 10 others. For days afterwards, Turkish news channels and newspapers ran headlines praising the drone-led operation."

"Talking about who the drones are killing in Turkey is not easy. Criticism is seen by many in Turkey as not only siding with the PKK but also as a betrayal of a source of pride for the country."

"Proliferating to Nonstate Groups - Ten off-the-shelf drones, packed with C4 explosive and nails, and guided by a pre-loaded GPS route, simultaneously headed for government and military targets in the area.

The U.S. pioneered the technology and showed the world how it could be used. Others have watched and learned. Turkey won’t be the last country to manufacture its own drones, and its public will not be the last to see them as a source of pride."
drone  killing  video  politics  awareness 
5 weeks ago
Do regular high protein diets have potential health risks on kidney function in athletes? - PubMed - NCBI
Lame study: only 1 week, and only 1.3g protein/lb body mass.

"it appears that protein intake under 2.8 g/kg does not impair renal function in well-trained athletes as indicated by the measures of renal function used in this study"
protein  kidney  health  effect 
5 weeks ago
Influence of sleep restriction on weight loss outcomes associated with caloric restriction | Sleep | Oxford Academic
Study on 36 obese (~40% BF) individuals (80% female, 61% black) around 45yo for 8 weeks. Interventions:
* caloric restriction at 95% RMR (all under 1500 cal/day), 30% of calories from fat, 20% protein, 50% from carbohydrate
* sleep reduction by 90 minutes, monitored via actigraph. Total Sleep Time 6h20m / weekday + 7h30m on weekends, vs. ~5h20m/weekday for the other group. "The total TST reduced during the intervention was 169 ± 75 min per week."

Total mass loss as fat mass: 81% for the ~7h sleep group (CR), 17% for the ~6h sleep group (CR + SR).
Total mass loss as lean mass: 17% for the ~7h sleep group, 85% for the sleep deprived group.


The CR and CR + SR groups did not have different changes in serum concentrations of ghrelin and leptin (p > 0.33 for time × group interactions). In the entire sample, ghrelin concentration did not change significantly (p = 0.059), but leptin concentration significantly decreased (p = 0.018). With adjustment for baseline weight, weight change, baseline fat mass, fat mass change, sex, or race, ghrelin and leptin concentrations at baseline and their changes after interventions were still not different between CR and CR + SR groups (all p values > 0.10). In the entire sample, leptin concentration no longer significantly changed after adjustment for baseline weight, weight change, or baseline fat mass (p = 0.057, 0.43, and 0.15, respectively), but still decreased after adjustment for fat mass change (p = 0.044). In the CR + SR group, leptin was no longer changed after adjustment for baseline weight, weight change, baseline fat mass, or fat mass change (p = 0.057, 0.39, 0.063, 0.11, respectively). Additionally, the changes in ghrelin and leptin were not correlated with changes in body weight or fat mass (without or with adjustment for baseline weight) in the entire sample (p > 0.34 for all).

"Additionally, significant racial differences were found for a few outcome variables. African American participants had significantly less loss of total mass and fat mass than Caucasians"
sleep  fat  loss  deprivation  muscle  weight 
5 weeks ago
The Game Changers Documentary Scientific Review
‘flexitarian diets’ tend to be healthier than vegan diets

Overall, the literature is quite clear that meat is an excellent protein source for muscle growth and strength development that generally doesn’t pose health risks in the context of a good diet, even in large amounts in elderly individuals.

Some suggest soy and animal proteins are equally effective for our gains [2], but the majority found animal proteins are better [2, 3, 4, 5]. None found plant proteins are superior.

Some suggest soy and animal proteins are equally effective for our gains [2], but the majority found animal proteins are better [2, 3, 4, 5]. None found plant proteins are superior.
studies  research  vegetarian  meat  diet  comparison  health 
5 weeks ago
Removing sweets from checkouts linked to dramatic fall in unhealthy snack purchases -- ScienceDaily
"17% fewer small packages of sugary confectionary, chocolate and potato crisps were bought and taken home from supermarkets immediately after introducing a checkout food policy. Even more dramatically, 76% fewer purchases were bought and eaten 'on-the-go' from supermarkets with checkout food policies compared to those without."
libertarian  paternalism  nudge 
5 weeks ago
Dietary protein intake and renal function
"we find no significant evidence for a detrimental effect of high protein (1.5 g/kg/day = 0.6g/lb) intakes on kidney function in healthy persons after centuries of a high protein Western diet"

"Presently, we know of no studies executed in healthy individuals with normal renal function which demonstrate a clear relation between increased dietary protein intake and dehydration or a detrimental "strain" on the kidney. Therefore, claims that a high protein diet promotes dehydration or adversely "strains" the kidney remain speculative." - BS. I ended up in the ER with abdominal pain and high BUN levels after following Tim Ferriss's muscle gain protocol and not hydrating enough.

[[Athletes, particularly in sports requiring strength and power, consume high levels of dietary protein [89,90]. In fact, many athletes habitually consume protein in excess of 2.0 g/kg/day [91]. Supplementation with amino acids will further increase dietary protein levels in these individuals [92]. Yet there is no evidence that this population is at greater risk for kidney disease or losses in renal function [90]. Poortsmans and Dellalieux [93] found that protein intakes in the range of ~1.4–1.9 g/kg/day or 170–243% of the recommended dietary allowance did not impair renal function in a group of 37 athletes. In a prospective study of over 45,000 men, researchers found a direct correlation between animal protein intake and risk of stone formation [103] - "Intake of animal protein was directly associated with the risk of stone formation"]]
protein  intake  safety  health  risk 
5 weeks ago
Jeff Nippard - "How To Build Muscle And Lose Fat At The Same Time: Step By Step Explained (Body Recomposition)"
Crazy high protein intake: sliding scale 1.2 -> 1.6g protein per lb of lean body mass. Eg at 15% BF 178lbs, 1.4g * 150lbs = 210g protein / day.

10-20 sets per body part per week, progressive load.

Sleeping one hour extra resulted in 85% of the BM loss coming from fat, vs. muscle for one hour less. Study on 36 OBESE 45yo's -

Most effective supplements:
* whey protein
* creatine monohydrate: 3g/day
* caffeine: builds tolerance, reserve for heaviest days
body  recomposition  lose  fat  gain  muscle  diet  exercise  video 
5 weeks ago
Why You Shouldn't Panic If You See This in Mexico
Police driving around with machine guns is a show of force.

[[When I walked out of the hotel, I was surprised to see a large number of police officers and soldiers gathering in the plaza as the sun was coming up.

Many of the officers were wearing Kevlar helmets and some were standing in the back of marked pick-up trucks with their weapons at the ready

they were kicking off the busy tourist season (Holy Week) with a show of force to “make the tourists and residents feel safe.”]]
Mexico  police  psychology  safety 
5 weeks ago
What is the sense behind ZFS's limits? - Unix & Linux Stack Exchange
Cool thought experiment: build a computer to ZFS limits.

"ZFS's volume and file size limitations are science fiction big."
Linux  storage  ZFS  filesystem 
5 weeks ago
Article Recall, Credibility Lower with Grammar Errors - Alyssa Appelman, Paul Bolls, 2011
[grammatical] errors increase reading difficulty and lower readers' perception of credibility as well as what they can recall..
spelling  grammar  credibility  study  research 
5 weeks ago
Huawei Mate 30 Pro backdoor allowed installing Google Play services

[[Lzplay is fast, it's easy, and as far as getting Google apps onto your Huawei device, it works. It's also the biggest Android modding security nightmare I have ever seen. And no, that's not hyperbole.

A lot of the write-ups and videos out there gloss over how Lzplay works and just how many permissions it has access to. You visit the website, install the Lzplay app, and then grant it the ultra-powerful device administrator permissions, at which point it does its thing and installs the Google apps. At this point most of the guides go on to talk about how you are pretty much done and how you might have to reset your device afterward. Almost none of them mention how you still have this app set as your device's administrator, and how, unless you uninstall it, you have this random third party with a backdoor to your phone, forever. Uninstalling the device administrator app is not as easy as uninstalling a normal app, either—you can't remove the app unless you first dig through the settings and remove it as the administrator first.

This set of permissions, which used to be called "Device owner," should only ever be given to an entity you 100 percent trust: apps like Google's Android for Work, an app from your company's MDM provider for your company-issued phone, or maybe you have an Android-powered kiosk or IoT device that you personally want to manage remotely. Those options are fine. What's not fine is granting these permissions to a random website like

Nobody knows who or what owns, and therefore nobody knows if the site is trustworthy or what they want out of all this. With no copyright notice or any kind of ownership claim on the website, there's not much digging that can be done. A whois lookup shows the site is hosted in mainland China and was created just three months ago, and neither of those facts inspires much confidence.

The Android modding scene has always had some issues with security. Modding often involves encouraging people to install apps with powerful root permissions that could do very nasty, malicious things to a phone if they wanted. The way the community usually works around this is by either installing apps that are open source, where anyone can audit the code and see what it is doing, or by using a handful of trusted root app developers that have been around for years and years and have proven themselves to the community. In the case of installing Google apps, the normal Google app distributors like Open Gapps have you flash a one-time package to your system partition and you're done. The scripts to do this are open source, and you can verify the proprietary Google applications it installs haven't been tampered with, thanks to Android's APK signing.

The method doesn't get any of these community safety nets.

Lzplay plugs into special permissions that only exist on the Huawei Mate 30—permissions that allow a sideloaded app to be flagged as a "system" app and be granted permissions that are not normally available to them. In other words, Huawei added its own backdoor that breaks the Android permission system, and Lzplay makes use of it. This all happened shockingly quickly: launched and articles hit the Internet before the Mate 30 was even for sale. The Mate 30 launched in China on September 26, but news articles made the rounds on September 23. Hmmm.

one of the requirements of licensing the Google Play apps is adherence to the Android Compatibility Definition Document (CDD). The CDD has fully codified the way the permission system works, and for a chapter-and-verse quotation you want Section 9.1, paragraph 3: "Permissions with a protectionLevel of PROTECTION_FLAG_PRIVILEGED MUST only be granted to apps preinstalled in the privileged path(s) of the system image." In other words, if you're not on the system partition, you can't have system-level permissions. Huawei's "flagging" method for escalating system permissions is specifically prohibited.

According to the all-in-Chinese documentation, 3rd party developers/companies are required to sign legal agreements and send them to Huawei in order to gain access to the SDK. For each project, the developer will have to submit a request, along with justification, a list of the permissions willing to be granted. In addition, the APK binary for each release has to be uploaded to Huawei for further examination, which can then finally be signed with Huawei’s special key.

Wu goes on to say, "At this point, it is pretty obvious that Huawei is well aware of this “LZPlay” app, and explicitly allows its existence. The developer of this app has to somehow be aware of these undocumented APIs, sign the legal agreements, go through several stages of reviews, and eventually have the app signed by Huawei." I would like to add that, remember, this was all finished at least three days before the public launch of the Mate 30. Lzplay somehow knew enough about all of this well in advance of the launch and had time to build an app, go through Huawei's whole process, and launch a website. Once again: Hmmm.

Huawei has already been asked if it is behind Lzplay, and honestly, at this point, that would probably be the best-case scenario, given how powerful Lzplay is. Huawei shot down this idea, though, and gave the following statement to Android Central: "Huawei's latest Mate 30 series is not pre-installed with GMS, and Huawei has had no involvement with"

Yesterday, the Mate 30 suddenly stopped passing SafetyNet checks, and Google Pay and other banking apps stopped working. Why it ever passed in the first place was a mystery. But it's worth noting, after working for a week, it stopped passing SafetyNet sometime after Wu flagged the app on Twitter. Maybe Google was listening?

Huawei could fix all of this by giving users full control over their devices and allowing them to unlock the bootloader, so normal Google app flashing techniques would work, but so far, it doesn't seem to want to do that.]]
Android  Google  apps  against  Huawei 
6 weeks ago
Google Confirms Android Smartphone Security Backdoor
[[a backdoor did indeed exist in brand new Android smartphones.

The Android system images were infected through "a third-party during the production process," Siewierski explained. When a device manufacturer wants to include features that aren't part of the Android Open Source Project itself, and Siewierski uses the example of face unlock here, it might engage a third-party to develop this and so sends the entire system image to them for that development process.

This is how the backdoor came to be pre-installed on straight from the factory smartphones. It's a classic supply chain attack.]]
Android  backdoor  security  hack 
6 weeks ago
Install Docker, no-BS
curl -fsSL | sudo apt-key add -

sudo add-apt-repository \
"deb [arch=amd64] \
$(lsb_release -cs) \

sudo apt-get install docker-ce docker-ce-cli
6 weeks ago
Clapping banned at Oxford University to stop people being triggered | Metro News
The motion to ‘mandate the encouragement of silent clapping’ was successfully passed by the university’s student union officers

It comes after the University of Manchester passed a similar motion in September last year.

Jazz hands is the British Sign Language expression for applause and is considered a more inclusive gesture.
WTF  news  society 
6 weeks ago
"The Most Important Life Lesson I Can Teach You" on YouTube
Have goals, so that you can actually arrive at a destination, instead of constantly moving goalposts.

One you arrive, it frees up mental power to work on project, not problems.
life  philosophy 
6 weeks ago
15 Life-Changing Questions to Ask Yourself Today | Cleverism
Where do I want to be in the next one, five or ten years?

Where will my life be in one, five or ten years if I continue doing what I am doing today?

What is my why?

What am I grateful for?

What are my values, and am I being true to them?

What would I do if I wasn’t afraid of anything?

What would I do if today was my last day?

Is my social circle influencing my life positively?

Am I giving the people I value most enough time?

What will be my biggest regret if I were to die tomorrow?
life  questions  important 
6 weeks ago
The myth of 1 g/lb: Optimal protein intake for bodybuilders
"cut-off point at exactly 1.6g/kg/d beyond which no further benefits for muscle growth or strength development are seen"

* the more experienced you are, the less protein you need
* even if you (think) you train harder than most athletes, you still need at most 0.82g/lb

"There is normally no advantage to consuming more than 0.82g/lb (1.8g/kg) of protein per day to preserve or build muscle for natural trainees. This already includes a mark-up, since most research finds no more benefits after 0.64g/lb.

Optimal protein intake decreases with training age, because your body becomes more efficient at preventing protein breakdown resulting from training and less protein is needed for the increasingly smaller amount of muscle that is built after each training session."
protein  consumption  intake  daily  how-much  muscle  gain  nutrition  supplements 
6 weeks ago
Qatar, facing unbearable heat, has begun to air-condition the outdoors - Washington Post
[[In a July 2010 heat wave, the temperature hit an all-time high of 50.4 degrees Celsius.

Fears that the hundreds of thousands of soccer fans might wilt or even die while shuttling between stadiums and metros and hotels in the unforgiving summer heat prompted the decision to delay the World Cup by five months. It is now scheduled for November, during Qatar's milder winter.

The change in the World Cup date is a symptom of a larger problem — climate change.

People doing heavy work in the fire department or aircraft repair may work for only 10 minutes at a time, followed by 50 minutes of rest

in late September, as Doha hosted the 2019 World Athletics Championships. It moved the start time for the women’s marathon to midnight Sept. 28. Water stations handed out sponges dipped in ice-cold water. First-aid responders outnumbered the contestants. But temperatures hovered around 90 degrees Fahrenheit and 28 of the 68 starters failed to finish, some taken off in wheelchairs.

Cobblestone walkways at the Galeries Lafayette outdoor mall are equipped with air conditioning vents to cool shoppers as they browse.]]
climate  change  global  warming 
6 weeks ago
Preparing for AZTEC Ignition - TQ Tezos - Medium
Cool crypto privacy setup where only one of 200 participants needs to behave securely for the setup to be secure.

"The AZTEC Protocol is a private transaction network designed for institutional-grade financial privacy to mint, redeem, send and swap assets through the AZTEC Cryptography Engine, by which the network verifies the integrity of a zero-knowledge transaction."

crypto  privacy  destroy  laptop 
7 weeks ago
How to use SVG as a Placeholder, and Other Image Loading Techniques
Show placeholders, solid color, or blurred/gradient images while loading

New option: SVG based on edge detection in the image
image  load  optimize  fast  speed  webdev  performance 
7 weeks ago
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