The Apocalypticon ~ Data surpasses oil, family spyware, Android malware, Trump soul-crusher punishing women, giant ice crack 2,


An oil refinery is an industrial cathedral, a place of power, drama and dark recesses: ornate cracking towers are its gothic pinnacles, flaring gas its stained glass, the stench of hydrocarbons its heady incense.
Data centres, in contrast, offer a less obvious spectacle: windowless grey buildings that boast no height or ornament, they seem to stretch to infinity. Yet the two have much in common
A new commodity spawns a lucrative, fast-growing industry, prompting antitrust regulators to step in to restrain those who control its flow. A century ago, the resource in question was oil. Now similar concerns are being raised by the giants that deal in data – the oil of the digital era.

Over half of US-UK people think family spyware is OK — A new study showed 53% of people believe it’s legal to install a program on a family member’s phone to snoop on their activity. The survey of more than 2,000 people in the US and UK by software comparison service Comparitech.com also finds 57% would consider spying on their children’s phone conversations and messages.
~ Please note, all you wannabe data vigilantes, it is generally illegal to install an app on another person’s phone without their knowledge.

New instance of Android malware discovered every ten seconds — Security firm G Data says that a new piece of Android malware is discovered every 10 seconds. At this rate, the company is predicting there will be 3,500,000 new malicious Android files by the end of the year. The firm said that the risk was heightened by the fact that only a small minority of users are on the latest version of Android.
~ OK, I’m not saying anything … nooo, I can’t resist! ‘How to abandon Android and switch to iOS‘.

Defeat by Trump ‘soul crushing’ —Since Hilary Clinton’s defeat in November, John Podesta, the Democratic Party campaign chairman for Hilary Clinton, has focused on his work and granted few interviews. He sat down for one with Der Spiegel during his visit to Germany six months after the election, in which he discussed the night of his candidate’s defeat, the mistakes made on the trail and Donald Trump, who he says is “unfit and unqualified” to serve as president.

Republican Health Care bill punishes women — For many women and non-binary people, seeing the bill move onto the Senate means the state of their health – and their lives – rests in the hands of people who seem to have forgotten their humanity. It’s more than a disappointment—the deeply misogynistic implications of the bill feel like a punishment for existing as anything other than a man. Under Obama’s Affordable Care Act, it was illegal to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions. But the MacArthur Amendment would allow states to repeal this restriction among others, giving them the power to choose who has to pay more for healthcare.

Second Antarctic giant ice crack — A 130km-long crack along Antarctica’s Larsen C Ice Shelf has remained stable since February, but scientists have now detected a new branch, one that’s extending about 10km from the main rift. It seems like only a matter of time before the 5000 square kilometre ice shelf plunges into the sea.

America’s obscene wealth pictured — Lauren Greenfield enjoyed a privileged background. Her parents taught at UCLA. She grew up in Venice and attended a private high school in Santa Monica. And yet she felt poor when her friends received BMWs, Porsches, and Volvos for their sixteenths and she didn’t. “Even though I had everything I needed, I still felt like I didn’t have enough,” Greenfield says. “I still wanted more and felt less-than compared to the wealthy consumption I was seeing at school.”
That desire for more, for the trappings of affluence, became an overarching theme of her career as a photographer. Greenfield has spent the past 25 years documenting people of all ages and backgrounds striving to convey great wealth.
She recently compiled 650 images in Generation Wealth, an insightful study of materialism and vanity.

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