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for YouTuber Mardi Noir, “the norm today is rather to be abnormal”

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Mardi Noir is a psychologist and YouTuber. A 15-year therapy helped her come to terms with her uniqueness. “I think I wanted to be normal, anyway, what I imagined to be the norm, which is being in a relationship, having a job, earning enough money. In the end, I didn’t do any of that, and psychoanalysis allowed me to free myself from these ideals to find the singular path that is mine“, she explains. In her latest book, she asks this question to her readers:”Are you sure you are normal?

Every human being is abnormal, basic, and constructed from the normal to compensate for this abnormality. One of the great fears of human beings is to think they are crazy […], this kind of figure that overflows, that does anything“, believes Black Tuesday. For her, to be normal today, it would be rather to be abnormal, to be singular, to”deviate from what we think is the norm“In comparison, standards abound on social networks.”Everyone will claim their own set of standards, individually or by community of individuals, the standard of bourgeois whites, racialized people, homosexuals, heterosexuals, etc. All these standards will clash a little, which gives the illusion of bursting“, she emphasizes.

AdTech: The dark heart of the internet – digital

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Behind the web that we see lies a world of automated digital advertising. IT researcher Tim Hwang claims: The system is built on false numbers and fraud. A crash would have consequences for all of us.

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Jannis Brühl

When Tim Hwang started at the renowned Davis Polk law firm in 2013, he had no interest in advancing. All he really wanted to do was try out software he’d written himself, which could do simple legal work. The programmer and lawyer implements so many ideas – organizing conferences for celebrities from viral memes, setting up crowdfunding foundations, replacing lawyers with software bots – that him Forbes Declared the “hardest working man on the internet” in 2014.

Smartphones: Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G in the test – digital

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What kind of hypes were those a few years ago when the eternal rivals Apple and Samsung presented their new smartphones. The sales figures are still pretty good, but the feeling of being completely left behind with a two or three year old cell phone is far less pronounced than it was then. Accordingly, it is difficult for manufacturers to provide incentives to buy their new models. With its latest top-of-the-range model, the Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G, Samsung is mainly trying again with the camera module.

There are four cameras in it: an ultra-wide angle, a wide-angle lens and two telephoto lenses. The second one in particular is tough: it offers ten times the magnification, which is roughly equivalent to a 240 millimeter telephoto lens on a single-lens reflex camera. It was installed horizontally and looks around the corner with the help of a mirror.

Top marks in image quality

Although this design is very space-saving, the entire camera module in the Ultra model is quite bulky. You shouldn’t be surprised, because the engineers have made the seemingly impossible out of the limited space available in smartphones. But at some point physics does set limits.

In connection with a lot of electronics and algorithms for image calculation, the S21 Ultra achieves top values ​​in image quality. The camera software also offers many manual setting options, from the frame rate to white balance. Videos can even be recorded in 8K, but then only with the usual 24 frames per second in cinemas. 4K videos, on the other hand, are possible with up to 60 frames per second and look very professional – also because of the built-in image stabilization. It is also possible to fade in small images of the other lenses while filming and then switch over if necessary. There is also a setting for video reporters in which half of the image is provided by one of the rear cameras and half by the front camera.

The pen is optional

For the first time, Samsung has also provided the option of using a pen with the new Ultra. It costs 40 euros extra and is passive, so it cannot be used as a remote release for the camera like the Note 20. In addition, there is no slot in the housing for it.

Speaking of slots: Samsung has saved on the slot for a memory expansion via micro-USB card. So you have to decide when buying how much memory you will need. As with the predecessor and Apple, the analog headphone jack is missing. And like Apple, Samsung no longer supplies a power adapter, just a cable. Most people should have a USB charger at home, but whether it supports the quick charge function is another question. The S21 devices can also be charged inductively with up to 15 watts, which is decent for induction.

Good screen

“Tidy” would almost be an insult to the S21 Ultra’s impressive 6.8-inch OLED screen. It can display up to 1440 by 3200 pixels, but is set to more moderate 1080 by 2400 pixels at the factory. Which is still crisp, but is more battery-friendly. The enormous maximum brightness ensures that it is easy to read even outdoors in sunlight. The refresh rate is 120 Hertz. However, it is turned down as soon as that is not necessary to relieve the battery. It holds 5000 mAh and should easily last a working day. The front and back of the cell phone housing are made of glass, the frame of aluminum.

The smaller models Galaxy S21 and S21 + have to cut back on the camera. They also have neither a memory card slot nor a headphone jack. The back of the housing is made of plastic. That doesn’t necessarily have to be a disadvantage, the material is much less sensitive to breakage.

List prices range from 850 euros for the S21 to 1430 euros for the Ultra model with 512 gigabytes of memory. Only the top model can actually provide a certain aha effect. The sister models haven’t changed too much compared to their predecessors. At least that makes them a good tip for anyone who doesn’t believe that they necessarily need the top model.

the distress of Scottish fishermen, deprived of the European market

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AT Due to Brexit, three-quarters of the boats in the harbor of Eyemouth, Scotland, remain docked. Since January 1, 2021 and the introduction of customs controls, seafood fishermen have no longer been able to sell their products in Europe. “Before we sold for 6 to 8 euros per kilo of shrimp. Now it’s 3.50 euros“said Ian Hunter, a fisherman in the town of Eyemouth.

The old continent had until then been their main export market. That hasn’t stopped a majority of fishermen from voting for Brexit, hoping to drive European boats out of their waters. AT the question : “Do you regret wanting this Brexit? “, another fisherman replies: “So far yes. “” But in the long run it will be good for the UK economy.e “, he adds. However, there is no guarantee of a better tomorrow, as customs controls have dramatically increased travel times to Europe.

Forget about the (probable) re-containment and listen to sea songs!

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A New Zealand sea song repeated on the TikTok network.
A New Zealand sea song repeated on the TikTok network. (TIKTOK SCREENSHOTS)

We’re off this morning because while we’re busy wondering if we’re going to have to bake bread at home and Skype aperitifs, something extraordinary is happening on TikTok. It is the great comeback of sea songs. The phenomenon comes from the United Kingdom where a song of New Zealand sailors from the 19th century is now one of the most listened to songs of the moment thanks to Nathan, a Scottish mailman who published this cover on December 27th.

That’s the box full, eight million views. The song tells the story of whale fishermen at the time, butcher shops it can be said and of a Wellerman, the employee who supplies the boats in stock. On TikTok, people liked this cover so much that they started to voice over it. For example, we add a second deep voice:

We now add a violin and a female voice:

And when everyone gets started it looks like this:

A great marine singing choir … The 26-year-old young man was so successful that he quit his job as a postman to sign a contract with the Polydor label. We really like this story. And I tell myself that we too could have great stories with French sailor songs and I believe in them very much. You know why ? Because our sailor songs are more relevant than ever

Farewell dear comrade, sailor song that tells us from the first verses that we must leave the bamboche … visionary!



Storming the US Capitol: Private Investigators on the Net – Digital

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January 6, 2021, the day the US Capitol was stormed in Washington by fanatical Trump supporters, has an impact. As the new government begins its work, law enforcement agencies are not alone in processing the images of the mob that raged there. Numerous online laypeople are also systematically trying to identify the perpetrators and hold them accountable. The central organ of the search is – as I said, only among others – an Instagram account with the name “homegrownterrorists”. It is now subscribed to by almost 400,000 users.

Here possible identities are rumored, names are compiled and linked to faces. The results of the private research are then either forwarded to the police or published online without further scruples. In some cases, the detective work is not that difficult. After all, the would-be insurgents sometimes screamed their name, job and place of residence into the running smartphone cameras during their riot. A Texas real estate agent even took the opportunity to advertise her company.

Does the Good End Really Justify All Means?

This practice of putting offline identities online is called Doxxing. On the rankings for civilized online behavior, it is generally sorted into the bottom drawer; it is hardly less bad than cyber bullying. But after all, this is about a good cause, isn’t it? So is there such a thing as ethical misconduct? A heated debate has broken out in the community of internet extremism researchers around this question.

Ultimately, it comes down to the very old question of whether the end justifies all means. While one camp points out that there must be limits here too, the second part invokes the moral responsibility to expose enemies of civil society. It goes without saying, however, that verification should be carried out with absolute conscientiousness.

But that’s exactly what it seems to be lacking. In any case, the first collateral damage has already been reported. A retired Chicago firefighter, who was celebrating his wife’s birthday during the events, was unjustifiably accused of beating security guards with a fire extinguisher during the riot. “History has ruined my life”, quote him now local media.

After all, it is not the first time Internet users have suspected the wrong people in the name of the law. After the bombing of the Boston Marathon in 2013, people started looking for the perpetrator online. All of the publicly available video recordings were analyzed by numerous Reddit users, and they were soon very sure that they had tracked down the person responsible. All private information of the false suspect was published on the Internet – weeks later the family received death threats. The episode has become the prime example of misguided vigilance.

Doxxing isn’t the only tool from the online poison closet used to confront Trump supporters with the consequences of their actions. The perpetrators should atone financially for their treason. Among other things, the pillow manufacturer “Mypillow”, whose boss Mike Lindell has presented himself as a loyal Trump supporter and die-hard conspiracy theorist, is affected. Lindell spoke at the rally in Washington that led to the storming of the Capitol. Now his products are mercilessly given the lowest ratings in all popular online shops.

This practice is called review bombing, and it is one of the ways in which bystanders get the anger of the crowd. For example, there is a woman who is unlucky enough to not only share her first and last name with the insurgent Trump broker, but also her job. The fact that the second real estate specialist lives and works in Ontario, Canada, only occurred to the Instagram criminologists when her Facebook page was already covered with insults. They apologized in a low voice and moved on.

With the night vision device born in war more safety in the dark and in the fog- Corriere.it

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Since it appeared among the options (one thousand euros) of 508, 3008 and 5008, the night vision system based on a technology of military origin adopted by Peugeot has been chosen by one in two customers. The brand of the neo-galaxy Stellantis is the only one to offer this technology in segments C and D.

The Night Vision uses an infrared thermal camera which sees 50 meters beyond the range of the high beams. It detects the body temperature of people and animals, as long as they are higher than 50 centimeters, and reproduces their shape on a gray scale viewer inserted in the instrumentation. When the person or animal that stands in front of the car near the car’s trajectory, the image is surrounded by a yellow frame, if instead there is a real possibility of collision, the frame turns red and an alarm is activated acoustic. The detection ranges from 15 to 200 meters. The system works up to 160 km / h, with outside temperatures between -30 and +28 degrees centigrade.

The Night Vision does not always work but, once switched on, you can choose between the always active vision or an automatic system which shows thermal images only if there is a real risk of impact. We tested the system on a 508 hybrid. The remarkable effectiveness, thanks also to the raised position of the dashboard, which allows you to consult the viewer without taking your eyes off the traditional viewpoint of the windshield.

L‘Striking effect, reminiscent of the images made famous by CNN during the Gulf War, it attracts the driver’s gaze and, initially, we focus a little too much on the Night Vision itself, but, as happens with most driving assistance systems, once the novelty effect is passed it becomes normal to balance attention optimally. The selectivity is good, although sometimes the system intercepts objects that emit heat such as bright advertising signs, but it is not enough to create confusion. The infrared thermographic camera is the most efficient solution even in case of fog and rain: it gives greater contrast to the silhouettes of living beings.

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Private detectives online – digital

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January 6, 2021, the day the US Capitol was stormed in Washington by fanatical Trump supporters, has an impact. As the new government begins its work, law enforcement agencies are not alone in processing the images of the mob that raged there. Numerous online laypeople are also systematically trying to identify the perpetrators and hold them accountable. The central organ of the search is – as I said, only among others – an Instagram account with the name “homegrownterrorists”. It is now subscribed to by almost 400,000 users.

Here possible identities are rumored, names are compiled and linked to faces. The results of the private research are then either forwarded to the police or published online without further scruples. In some cases, the detective work is not that difficult. After all, the would-be insurgents sometimes screamed their name, job and place of residence into the running smartphone cameras during their riot. A Texas real estate agent even took the opportunity to advertise her company.

Does the Good End Really Justify All Means?

This practice of putting offline identities online is called Doxxing. On the rankings for civilized online behavior, it is generally sorted into the bottom drawer; it is hardly less bad than cyber bullying. But after all, this is about a good cause, isn’t it? So is there such a thing as ethical misconduct? A heated debate has broken out in the community of internet extremism researchers around this question.

Ultimately, it comes down to the very old question of whether the end justifies all means. While one camp points out that there must be limits here too, the second part invokes the moral responsibility to expose enemies of civil society. It goes without saying, however, that verification should be carried out with absolute conscientiousness.

But that’s exactly what it seems to be lacking. In any case, the first collateral damage has already been reported. A retired Chicago firefighter, who was celebrating his wife’s birthday during the events, was unjustifiably accused of beating security guards with a fire extinguisher during the riot. “History has ruined my life”, quote him now local media.

After all, it is not the first time Internet users have suspected the wrong people in the name of the law. After the bombing of the Boston Marathon in 2013, people started looking for the perpetrator online. All of the publicly available video recordings were analyzed by numerous Reddit users, and they were soon very sure that they had tracked down the person responsible. All private information of the false suspect was published on the Internet – weeks later the family received death threats. The episode has become the prime example of misguided vigilance.

Doxxing isn’t the only tool from the online poison closet used to confront Trump supporters with the consequences of their actions. The perpetrators should atone financially for their treason. Among other things, the pillow manufacturer “Mypillow”, whose boss Mike Lindell has presented himself as a loyal Trump supporter and die-hard conspiracy theorist, is affected. Lindell spoke at the rally in Washington that led to the storming of the Capitol. Now his products are mercilessly given the lowest ratings in all popular online shops.

This practice is called review bombing, and it is one of the ways in which bystanders get the anger of the crowd. For example, there is a woman who is unlucky enough to not only share her first and last name with the insurgent Trump broker, but also her job. The fact that the second real estate specialist lives and works in Ontario, Canada, only occurred to the Instagram criminologists when her Facebook page was already covered with insults. They apologized in a low voice and moved on.

New world. Facebook seizes its ‘watchdog’ over Trump ban

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The Facabook logo at the entrance to its site in Menlo Park (USA).
The Facabook logo at the entrance to its site in Menlo Park (USA). (JOHN G. MABANGLO / EPA)

The Facebook Supervisory Board is a body, presented as independent, created last year by the social network. It is a sort of Supreme Court, made up of personalities who do not belong to the company, responsible for examining disputed cases between the platform and users. The decision to permanently suspend Donald Trump’s account on January 7, after the assault on Capitol Hill in Washington, was applauded by some but criticized by others, especially in Europe. In an attempt to see things clearly, Facebook has just taken up this famous advice.

Facebook but also Twitter, YouTube, Apple, Amazon, Google: all of these companies have taken unprecedented measures because it was an unprecedented event.

Nick Clegg, Facebook Vice President, Public Affairs

What will happen if the Council calls for the reinstatement of Donald Trump? Although Facebook does not seem at all prepared to reverse its decision, it has nevertheless vowed to implement any decision of the Supervisory Board without question. Whatever decision is made, it could have consequences for the future in the face of other similar situations.

Germany follows the trail of treatment

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The track of a treatment against Covid-19 is advancing, Germany has just ordered for 400 million euros of the experimental treatment received by Donald Trump. It’s a serious lead, explains doctor Damien Mascret on the tray of 8 p.m., Sunday January 24. When you are attacked by a virus you have to quickly make antibodies “. The antibodies will attack the surface of the virus, “they will neutralize the virus (…) and signal them to your body to destroy it. “

The results are promising but we have to wait for the results of clinical trials. In mid-December, French scientists demanded the availability of these molecules“, explains the doctor. The English variant is progressing in France, “up to 8% virus in some regions, that means it will go very quickly, decisions must be made quickly“, he adds.

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