Apparently, TV and computer ads can emit inaudible sounds that find and link you at home to your cell phone or other device. Advertisers then are able to track you more completely across the spectrum of both online and offline activity. Creepy article here. You have been warned. Link from Tyler Cowen.
After a shocking $170M was paid this week for a not Picasso, Cezanne, or Monet, but a Modigliani, painting, many asked whether the white hot market for art was finally topping. The chart below from Marketwatch suggests that Sotheby’s own weakening stock price may not only be a proxy for declines in art prices ahead, but for US equity prices as well. While essentially two cycles are a limited data set to infer this relationship, it is worth noting.
When the app does launch, probably in late November, you will be able to assign reviews and one- to five-star ratings to everyone you know: your exes, your co-workers, the old guy who lives next door. You can’t opt out — once someone puts your name in the Peeple system, it’s there unless you violate the site’s terms of service. And you can’t delete bad, inaccurate or biased reviews — that would defeat the whole purpose.
If you are somehow not yet convinced that it is critical to back up your personal and other data, or if you just like a good story, I highly recommend Darkode, an excellent podcast from the excellent RadioLab.
Back in the day, the saying was “There are two types of people: those who back up their data already. And those who will.” This referring to the at-the-time inevitable hard drive crashes that could wipe out all your financial, work, and personal data.
Today, hard drives are not so fallible, but the dangers are so much worse. Just about everything about us is digital, and stored on computers, phones, tablets etc. that are connected to the internet. Hackers, spammers, phishers, botnets and who knows what else are scouring the web looking, and oftentimes succeeding, to cause havoc on these very devices.
With the ease and availability of numerous cloud services, backing- up has never been simpler. Like flossing your teeth, it is basic routine prevention that you may cause you deep regret if you fail to attend to it regularly.