re: Watching Us

The LOGr staff  is interested in how society is being monitored. Everything from authorities identifying threats to vendors targeting products. This is the collection of research until we find a good angle to report about.

Products

Articles

re: Connecting Us

The LOGr staff is amazed by Elon Musk as he continues his trek across our lives, leaving trails of amazing technology. LOGr is collecting information while looking for a story.

Satellite Constellations (Orbital Transponders)

Launch Facilities

Articles

Tracking NEO Objects

Battery Technology

Energy Utilities

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Facebook F.A.I.L.

Facebook Research

https://research.fb.com/blog/2020/02/new-privacy-protected-facebook-data-for-independent-research-on-social-medias-impact-on-democracy/

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“Facebook adds Reuters to its fact-checking army against quasi-impossible odds

What’s a Deepfake, again?… Facebook, with its 2.5B users sharing billions of posts, just made a new addition to its fact-checking army: a whopping 4 journalists. The 4 Reuters journalists will join a US fact-checking team that includes the Associated Press, PolitiFact, Factcheck.org, and thousands of FB-employed contractors. Oh, and don’t forget machine-taught AI bots that spot potentially false news and flag ALL-CAPS!!! posts.

• ‘Tis the Season: Political ads season. Presidential primary elections are happening — and the outflow of political ads and posts is just gonna increase. FB’s been in hot water for misinformation on its platform — and the jacuzzi is getting hotter.

• Cue the Fact Squad: We’re calling it: Factual Accuracy Investigation League (or F.A.I.L., for short). This crew of moderators, journalists, and bots has a lot on its plate (billions of posts per day, including generous servings of misleading, false, and manipulative information).

• Blog About It: Reuters’ 4 journalists will review user-generated vids, pics, and headlines that were flagged or submitted for review. Then, they’ll blog about whether something is true, false, or partially true. FB will use those conclusions to label bad info and limit its spread in the News Feed algorithm (by up to 80%).

THE TAKEAWAY

It would really take an army… to actually fact-check and verify every single Facebook post for misinformation, since most is user-generated content. Even with its F.A.I.L. army, Facebook has become nearly too big to moderate. And Zuck still insists that it’s a social network — not an editorial operation like The Wall Street Journal. Since Facebook is failing to keep up, you’ll need to stay vigilent.”

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re: Off-World Stations

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Russia Russia Russia

https://time.com/5779315/russian-spacecraft-spy-satellite-space-force/

W.J. Hennigan, Time – “A pair of Russian satellites are tailing a multibillion-dollar U.S. spy satellite hundreds of miles above the Earth’s surface, a top U.S. military commander tells TIME, underscoring a growing threat to America’s dominance in space-based espionage … U.S. military analysts first noticed something peculiar after Russia launched its spacecraft into orbit November 26 from Plesetsk Cosmodrome aboard a Soyuz rocket. The Russian satellite had been in orbit less than two weeks when, bafflingly, it split in two. As the analysts looked closer, they suspected that a second smaller satellite was somehow “birthed” from the first one. “The way I picture it, in my mind, is like Russian nesting dolls,” Raymond says. “The second satellite came out of the first satellite.” ”

More on tracking near earth orbit objects

 

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re: Contacting Us

The LOGr editorial staff presumes we are not alone in the universe. If we accept that Von Neumann probes are possible, that eternal propulsion is available, that there were ancient aliens, and that there are now aliens alive and in the neighborhood, then how would we know?

It would be obvious

Arthur C. Clarke‘s Third Law “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Taking the other side; If it’s magical then it’s likely alien.

Jon Christian, Futurism – “Earlier this month, Canadian researchers announced they’d discovered a powerful radio signal, emanating from a distant galaxy in bursts every 16 days. … A Harvard researcher says it could be of “artificial origin.” … “An advanced technological civilization is a good approximation to God,” he told the New Yorker at the time. “Suppose you took a cell phone and showed it to a caveperson. The caveperson would say it was a nice rock. The caveperson is used to rocks. So now imagine this object — ‘Oumuamua— being the iPhone and us being the cave people.”

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