#1532 05.01.2023 03:35 AP
Max Schrems reitet wieder

Noyb: Meta prohibited from use of personal data for advertisment

Meta (Facebook and Instagram) prohibited from using personal data for advertisement. Major blow to Meta's business model in Europe, following noyb litigation. Fine for Meta more than tenfold from € 28 million to € 390 million. Third case on WhatsApp pending.

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Max Schrems: "Instead of having a 'yes/no' option for personalized ads, they just moved the consent clause in the terms and conditions. This is not just unfair but clearly illegal. We are not aware of any other company that has tried to ignore the GDPR in such an arrogant way."


#1527 04.01.2023 20:29 AP

Bloomberg: Microsoft Hopes OpenAI’s Chatbot Will Make Bing Smarter

ChatGPT’s accuracy will be key to timing of any rollout

Microsoft Corp. is preparing to add OpenAI’s ChatGPT chatbot to its Bing search engine in a bid to lure users from rival Google, according to a person familiar with the plans.

Microsoft is betting that the more conversational and contextual replies to users’ queries will win over search users by supplying better-quality answers beyond links, said the person, who did not want to be named discussing confidential product roadmaps that remain in flux.


#1512 29.12.2022 15:06 AP

Chaos Computer Club: CCC erbeutet Biometrie-Datenbank des US-Militärs

Das US-Militär hat massenhaft Geräte zur biometrischen Erfassung von Menschen in Afghanistan genutzt. Einige Geräte wurden beim hastigen Abzug der NATO-Truppen zurückgelassen. Forscher des CCC haben bei Analysen solcher Geräte große Mengen an biometrischen und weiteren personenbezogenen Daten gefunden. In den falschen Händen bedeuten diese Daten Lebensgefahr für Menschen in Afghanistan und Irak.

Linux-Magazin: CCC ersteigert Biometrie-Datenbank des US-Militärs


#1505 28.12.2022 15:05 AP
Geoengineering

MIT Technology Review: A startup says it’s begun releasing particles into the atmosphere, in an effort to tweak the climate

Geoengineering refers to deliberate efforts to manipulate the climate by reflecting more sunlight back into space, mimicking a natural process that occurs in the aftermath of large volcanic eruptions. In theory, spraying sulfur and similar particles in sufficient quantities could potentially ease global warming.

[...] it’s highly controversial. Little is known about the real-world effect of such deliberate interventions at large scales, but they could have dangerous side effects. The impacts could also be worse in some regions than others, which could provoke geopolitical conflicts.


#1495 25.12.2022 22:59 AP

2022 was the year of Linux on the Desktop

Thanks to the 2022 StackOverflow developer survey we can finally say 2022 was the year of Linux on the Desktop!

Linux as a primary operating system had been steadily climbing for the past 5 years. 2018 through 2021 saw steady growth with 23.2% , 25.6% , 26.6% , 25.3% , and finally in 2022 the usage was 40.23%. Linux usage was more than macOS in 2021, but only by a small margin. 2022 it is now 9% more than macOS.